11/26/2020 10:01 EST | Updated 11/27/2020 10:59 EST

Ontario Passes Legislation To Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent

But it'll only happen if Quebec and New York State follow suit.

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Ontario has decided to stop changing the clocks twice a year — if Quebec and New York State follow suit.

A bill introduced by Tory politician Jeremy Roberts passed in the legislature Wednesday.

The attorney general will have discretion to enact the legislation if the other two governments make a similar move.

Roberts says he is thrilled and will call on Quebec and New York to end this “outdated practice.”

During debate on his bill, Roberts cited studies indicating negative health effects and productivity loss related to the time changes.

Some Canadian jurisdictions have already moved to end the changes, including Yukon and parts of Saskatchewan and Nunavut.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2020.  

Correction: A previous headline for this article incorrectly stated Ontario had passed legislation to get rid of daylight saving time. Instead, the bill moves to make daylight saving time permanent and stop the bi-annual time change.