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Time Change 2020 in Canada

Next change:
Nov
3
1 hour Back

Nov 3, 2019, 2:00 am

Country: Canada

Abbreviations: CA, CAN

Capital: Ottawa

Time Zones: 6

Dial Code: +1

Mar 8

Forward 1 hour

Mar 8, 2020 - Daylight Saving Time Starts

When local standard time is about to reach
Sunday, March 8, 2020, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned forward 1 hour to
Sunday, March 8, 2020, 3:00:00 am local daylight time instead.

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later on Mar 8, 2020 than the day before. There will be more light in the evening.

Also called Spring Forward, Summer Time, and Daylight Savings Time.

Nov 1

Back 1 hour

Nov 1, 2020 - Daylight Saving Time Ends

When local daylight time is about to reach
Sunday, November 1, 2020, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned backward 1 hour to
Sunday, November 1, 2020, 1:00:00 am local standard time instead.

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on Nov 1, 2020 than the day before. There will be more light in the morning.

Also called Fall Back and Winter Time.

Other years: 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021 | 2022 | 2023

When Does DST Start and End in Canada?

Daylight Saving Time (DST) in Canada starts on the 2nd Sunday in March and ends on the 1st Sunday in November.

Which Provinces and Territories use Daylight Saving Time in 2020

Areas in Canada using DST in 2020
Areas in Canada on standard time all of 2020
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Daylight Saving Time Info

Which Provinces and Territories in Canada don't use DST?

Most of Saskatchewan, some locations in Québec east of 63° westerly longitude (e.g. Blanc-Sablon), Southampton Island, and some areas in British Columbia don't use DST and stay on standard time all year. See table below.


DST in Provinces and Territories in Canada in 2020 (13 in total, 9 where all observe DST, 4 with parts on DST)

AlbertaMar 8 - Nov 1Northwest TerritoriesMar 8 - Nov 1Quebec (east)No DST
British Columbia (east, northeast, southeast)No DSTNova ScotiaMar 8 - Nov 1QuebecMar 8 - Nov 1
British ColumbiaMar 8 - Nov 1NunavutMar 8 - Nov 1Saskatchewan (east, west)Mar 8 - Nov 1
ManitobaMar 8 - Nov 1OntarioMar 8 - Nov 1SaskatchewanNo DST
New BrunswickMar 8 - Nov 1Ontario (southwest)No DSTYukonMar 8 - Nov 1
Newfoundland and LabradorMar 8 - Nov 1Prince Edward IslandMar 8 - Nov 1

Daylight Saving Time History in Canada

  • Canada first observed Daylight Saving Time in 1908.
  • Canada has observed DST for 107 years between 1908 and 2019 (DST in at least one location).
  • Previous time with no Daylight Saving Time was 1913.
  • See Worldwide DST Statistics

On July 1, 1908, the residents of Port Arthur, Ontario, today's Thunder Bay, turned their clocks forward by 1 hour to start the world's first DST period. Other locations in Canada soon followed suit. On April 23, 1914, Regina in Saskatchewan implemented DST. The cities of Winnipeg and Brandon in Manitoba did so on April 24, 1916.

DST in Canada Today

It is up to the legislation in each municipality in Canada to decide on the use of DST. As a result, there are some locations don't follow the DST schedule of their in provinces and territories. For example, while British Columbia uses DST, some locations in the province do not. These include Chetwynd, Creston, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, and Fort St. John. In Saskatchewan, it is the opposite. Most of the province does not observe DST, except for some locations, including Creighton and Denare Beach.

Since 2007, all provinces, territories, and locations in Canada using DST follow the same start and end dates as the United States.