Forward 1 hour
When local standard time is about to reach
Sunday, March 12, 2023, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned forward 1 hour to
Sunday, March 12, 2023, 3:00:00 am local daylight time instead.
Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later on Mar 12, 2023 than the day before. There will be more light in the evening.
Back 1 hour
When local daylight time is about to reach
Sunday, November 5, 2023, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned backward 1 hour to
Sunday, November 5, 2023, 1:00:00 am local standard time instead.
Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour earlier on Nov 5, 2023 than the day before. There will be more light in the morning.
Daylight Saving Time (DST) in Canada starts on the 2nd Sunday in March and ends on the 1st Sunday in November.
Yukon, 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 2023
|Alberta||Mar 12 - Nov 5||Northwest Territories||Mar 12 - Nov 5||Quebec (east)||No DST|
|British Columbia (east, northeast, southeast)||No DST||Nova Scotia||Mar 12 - Nov 5||Quebec||Mar 12 - Nov 5|
|British Columbia||Mar 12 - Nov 5||Nunavut||Mar 12 - Nov 5||Saskatchewan (east, west)||Mar 12 - Nov 5|
|Manitoba||Mar 12 - Nov 5||Ontario (northwest)||No DST||Saskatchewan||No DST|
|New Brunswick||Mar 12 - Nov 5||Ontario||Mar 12 - Nov 5||Yukon||No DST|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||Mar 12 - Nov 5||Prince Edward Island||Mar 12 - Nov 5|
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.
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. From March 8, 2020, Yukon made DST permanent.
Since 2007, all provinces, territories, and locations in Canada using DST follow the same start and end dates as the United States.