Canadian Daylight Saving Time: 11 March 2012 at 2 A.M. – Set Clocks to 3 A.M.

It’s that time of year again when daylight saving time returns to most of Canada.

For this year, daylight saving time begins on Sunday, March 11 at 2 a.m. and ends November 4 at 2 a.m.

And spring is just around the corner.

Have you heard the sayings: “Spring Forward” for daylight saving time, and “Fall Back” for the end of daylight saving time?

These sayings mean that during daylight saving time set your clocks ahead one hour, and at the end of daylight saving time set your clocks back one hour.

Please note that daylight saving time in Canada is determined by provincial legislation. Exceptions may exist in certain municipalities.

Map of Daylight Saving Time Zones in Canada
Map of Daylight Saving Time Zones in Canada


Map of Standard Time Zones in Canada
Map of Standard Time Zones in Canada

The above time zone maps and the dates listed below have been in effect since 2006.

The times for the start and end of daylight saving time in Canadian time zones can be found here:

2nd Sunday in March 1st Sunday in November
Newfoundland0 02:00 NST 02:00 NDT
Nova Scotia 02:00 AST 02:00 ADT
Prince Edward Island 02:00 AST 02:00 ADT
New Brunswick 02:00 AST 02:00 ADT
Québec1 02:00 EST 02:00 EDT
Ontario2 02:00 EST 02:00 EDT
Manitoba 02:00 CST 02:00 CDT
Saskatchewan3 02:00 MST 02:00 MDT
Alberta 02:00 MST 02:00 MDT
British Columbia 02:00 PST 02:00 PDT
Northwest Territories 02:00 MST 02:00 MDT
Yukon 02:00 PST 02:00 PDT
0Prior to November 2011, Newfoundland changed time at 00:01 local time.

1 The areas of Québec, east of 63° west longitude, do not change to daylight time and remain on Atlantic Standard time all year round.

2 The areas of Ontario, west of 90° west longitude, are in the Central Time zone and change at 2:00 a.m. local time.

3 Most of Saskatchewan uses Central Standard time all year round. Areas around Lloydminster are in the Mountain Time zone and change at 2:00 a.m. local time, as in Alberta.

4 Nunavut covers 3 time zones and all zones change at 02:00 local time. Southampton Island remains on Eastern Standard time all year long.

So, on March 11, remember to set your clocks ahead one hour just before you go to bed or if you’re awake at 2 a.m., set your clocks ahead to 3 a.m.

The following changes accompany the above time zone changes:

  • time zone names and abbreviations in Canada change during daylight saving time
  • on 4 November 2012, areas on daylight saving time return to standard time at 2:00 a.m. local time

 To get a time zone map that runs a clock in each Canadian time zone displaying the official times across Canada, please click on the following text:

Manitoba, Canada


March 2, 2012


Daylight saving time returns to Manitoba early in the morning of Sunday, March 11, when clocks across the province will be advanced by one hour.

Under the Official Time Act, daylight saving times begins on the second Sunday in March and continues until the first Sunday in November.

The official time change to daylight saving time occurs at 2 a.m., Sunday, March 11 at which time clocks should be set ahead to 3 a.m.


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