On April 3, 2017, the Legislative Assembly referred Bill 203, Alberta Standard Time Act, to the Standing Committee on Alberta's Economic Future. The Committee must report its observations, opinions, and recommendations with respect to the Bill back to the Assembly by October 4, 2017. If passed, Bill 203 would repeal the Daylight Saving Time Act and require the observance of “Alberta Standard Time” (defined as six hours behind coordinated universal time) year round
Read the details below, then click HERE to answer the short 2 question poll
Bill 203 Background Information
In Alberta, Mountain Daylight Time begins in March and ends in November. In March, Albertans move the clocks forward one hour to Mountain Daylight Time (spring forward). In November, Albertans move the clocks back one hour to Mountain Standard Time (fall back). Alberta is in the same time zone as the Northwest Territories and Montana all year round. The time difference between Alberta and British Columbia is always one hour. Since Saskatchewan does not change its clocks, the time is the same in Alberta and Saskatchewan between March and November. From November to March Alberta is one hour earlier than Saskatchewan.
Bill 203, Alberta Standard Time Act proposes to remove the time change in Alberta so that Alberta would be six hours behind co-ordinated universal time (UTC-6) all year round. If passed, the Act would come into force on November 2, 2018. This means that from November 2, 2018, Mountain Daylight Time would be used all year in Alberta, and Albertans would no longer turn back the clocks in the fall to Mountain Standard Time.
To read Bill 203, Alberta Standard Time Act, please follow this link. For more information on the Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future, please follow this link.
To assess how Bill 203 would impact sport, we are asking you 2 questions:
- How would having 1 more hour of sunshine in the morning and 1 hour less sunshine in the evening from March to November effect you and your family in regards to sport participation?
- No effect
- Don’t know
- How would you vote?
- In favour of Bill 203 and repealing Daylight Savings Time (Alberta Daylight Time all year)
- Opposed to Bill 203; keep as is with two time changes per year in November and March
Click here to answer these 2 questions
A public session is being held in Lethbridge on September 15 at the Coast Lethbridge Hotel and Conference Centre from 11 am to 5 pm. The session is open to the public. Registration is required if you would like to make a presentation to the committee. Contact Aaron Roth, Committee Clerk at 780-415-2878.
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