Ontario could permanently move to daylight time

680's Richard Southern has the details on next steps for the Ontario government.

By News Staff, Lucas Casaletto

The Ford government has tabled at bill that would pave the way to end the bi-annual clock changes, moving Ontario permanently to daylight time.

680 NEWS has learned the change would not happen until Quebec and the U.S. state of New York past similar legislation.

This comes from a private members bill courtesy of a back bench government MPP but it’s said to have government support, including approval from the Liberals.

“I see this as an important first step towards fulfilling the public’s overwhelming desire to end this out-of-date practice,” Conservative MPP Jeremy Roberts said.

“I believe that by showing leadership in taking this step, Ontario can encourage our counterparts in Quebec and New York State to take similar action so that, together, we can put this issue to bed, and all be better rested for it,” Roberts added.

Daylight Saving Time was set to end at 2 a.m. on November 1.

Back in May, British Columbia passed legislation to cancel the practice of shifting back and forth between daylight time and standard time.

Multiple experts have come forward saying changing the time increases road accidents and can even increase the rate of heart attack and stroke in the period directly after the clocks change.

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