A record-breaking 223,000 people responded to BC's Daylight Saving Time survey

Jul 23 2019, 3:32 pm

British Columbians are really passionate about Daylight Saving Time.

According to the provincial government, a record number of people participated in an online survey on whether BC should continue to observe Daylight Saving Time or not.

In total, over the course of four weeks, 223,273 people took part in the survey.

The provincial government also received 13 submissions from individuals, organizations, and industry experts, which gave additional insights on how a decision could impact their lives and professions.

“It’s clear that the people of BC welcomed the opportunity to provide input on this important issue,” said Premier John Horgan. “Daylight saving time is a practice that impacts everyone, and I’m pleased so many people took the time to share their views about the best direction for our province moving forward.”

The top five participants of the survey by region are as follows:

  • Lower Mainland: 98,549
  • Vancouver Island and South Coast/Sunshine Coast: 62,386
  • Thompson-Okanagan: 33,583
  • Kootenays: 12,209
  • Cariboo: 7,326

Participants of the survey, broken down by age group, are as follows:

  • Under 18: 0.3%
  • 18-39 years: 29.6%
  • 40-64 years: 48.8%
  • 65-75 years: 16.7%
  • Over 75 years: 4.1%

A summary of the survey is expected to be released over the next few weeks.

From there, the results, along with decisions made by neighbouring province and states, will be used to determine the “best course of action” for BC.

In late 2018, the premier said he had “no plans” to get rid of Daylight Saving Time, but added he had also received “literally thousands” of letters on the topic.

According to a recent report from BC Hydro, the majority of British Columbians are uncertain about the purpose of Daylight Saving Time.

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