The Ontario government passed legislation to permanently end the twice-a-year change in and out of Daylight Saving Time, instead keeping Daylight Saving Time fixed year-round.
This massive change isn’t a done deal, though; in order for it to become formalized by Ontario’s Attorney General, the province will also have to get Quebec and New York on board to adopt the change in coordination.
#BREAKING – The Ontario legislature has just passed a bill that would do away with the twice yearly time change, putting Ontario permanently on daylight saving time. The government however has said the law will not be enacted until Quebec & New York also enact the same change. pic.twitter.com/DiLTWk9pVE
— Richard Southern (@richard680news) November 26, 2020
Changing permanently to Daylight Saving Time would come courtesy of the Time Amendment Act, which was tabled by Ottawa West-Nepean MPP Jeremy Roberts back in October.
The change would mean that the jarring early darkness Ontarians are collectively experiencing right now would be no more, as a shift to permanent Daylight Saving Time would mean it would stay lighter for longer each day.
The effects of doing so could have positive health impacts on the population of Ontario; studies have shown that the tradition of changing up Daylight Saving Time twice a year can have negative effects on mental and physical health, including increased chance of depression, stroke, and heart attacks.
Next steps, though, include getting New York and Quebec on board to make the shift in tandem with Ontario.