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More than 223,000 British Columbians weigh in on Daylight Saving Time

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The province says 223,273 people took part in its month-long daylight saving time survey

A summary report is expected to be released in the coming weeks

A total of 98,549 surveys were completed in the Lower Mainland

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – Hundreds of thousands of British Columbians apparently have strong views to share on Daylight Saving Time.

The province says a month-long survey saw a record 223,273 people take part. The survey closed on Friday.

While we know how many people took part, we still don’t know what exactly their feedback has been.

“It’s clear that the people of B.C. welcomed the opportunity to provide input on this important issue,” Premier John Horgan said. “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.”

In addition to the thousands of survey responses, the B.C. government says it also received 13 formal submissions from individuals, organizations, as well as industry experts who all shared how changes could impact their lives and work.

“The results will be considered along with decisions on time observance made by neighbouring states to help determine the best course of action for B.C.,” the province says.

A total of 98,549 surveys were completed in the Lower Mainland, followed by 62,386 on Vancouver Island and the South Coast/Sunshine Coast. In the Thompson-Okanagan region, 33,583 surveys were filled out, while the Kootenays saw 12,209, and the Cariboo region saw 7,326 surveys completed.

The surveys were mostly filled out by people in the 40 to 64 year age range, with that age group accounting for 48.8 per cent of the surveys completed, the province says. They were followed by those between the ages of 18 and 39, which filled out 29.6 per cent of the surveys.

The province is expected to release a summary report in the coming weeks.