Nova Scotia to Change Daylight Saving Time

Department of Justice

April 25, 2006 1:18 PM

Daylight saving time will start three weeks earlier in the spring and will last one week longer in the fall, beginning next year.

The Department of Justice is making amendments to the regulations of the Time Definition Act to ensure that Nova Scotia is in sync when the United States extends its daylight saving time in 2007.

"The fact that we have co-ordinating time zones with the U.S. is a draw when we are attracting business to this province," said Justice Minister Murray Scott. "Not changing would also likely result in difficulties for our agricultural and fisheries producers, causing transportation, shipping and border difficulties."

Starting in 2007, daylight time will begin on the second Sunday in March and will end on the first Sunday in November. Most of the other provinces that use daylight time will also be implementing the change.

Staying in sync with U.S. daylight time will ensure that banking and other business transactions with businesses in other parts of the country and the U.S. will not be impacted. This is especially important for scheduled transportation services -- including airline, buses and rail. In addition to economic benefits, Nova Scotians will enjoy a bit more daylight during the long winter months.

"Many Nova Scotia businesses depend on a productive relationship with the United States," said Mr. Scott. "The decision to be consistent will ensure that there is no disruption in our relationship with our chief trading partner, while providing benefits for our agriculture and fishing sectors."


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     Nova Scotia is changing its daylight saving time to stay in

sync with the U.S.

     Starting in 2007, daylight saving time in Nova Scotia will

start three weeks earlier in the spring and last one week longer

in the fall.

     Justice Minister Murray Scott says co-ordinating time

zones with the U.S. helps attract business to this province. He

also says that not making the change might have caused

difficulties for agricultural and fisheries producers.

      Most of the other provinces that use daylight time will

also be implementing the change.


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Media Contact: Cathy MacIsaac
              Department of Justice
              902-424-3313
              E-mail: maciscl@gov.ns.ca