Ontario government supports bill to make Daylight Saving Time permanent

Who couldn't use a little more sunlight at the end of the day?

Jeremy Roberts, an Ontario MPP for Ottawa West-Nepean has tabled a bill which would end the bi-annual practice of moving the clocks forward in the spring and back in the fall.

Bill 214 – the Time Amendment Act, passed its second reading at Queen’s Park on Wednesday. There is not currently a date set for a third reading.

If the bill ultimately passes it would mean more daylight at the end of the day, but it would subsequently make for a much darker morning commute to work and school.

Roberts believes that longer daylight hours would not lend a boost to the economy, but help make people happier.

“There are several studies that show that increased evening daylight actually gets people out shopping, so it helps our small businesses,” Roberts told CTV.

“Permanent daylight saving means people who work a standard day shift – and kids who go to school during the day – get more daylight at the end of the day, and it will make Ontario a safer and happier place.”

Daylight Saving Time is currently set to end in Ontario on Nov 1 at 2 a.m..