What Time Is It?

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The following resources are helpful to parents and teachers:

  1. Book: Supporting Successful Transition from Primary to Secondary School by Tina Rae (2014)
  2. Book: Book: Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv (2008)
  3. Book: Digital Tools for Teaching: 30 E-tools for Collaborating, Creating, and Publishing across the Curriculum by Steve Johnson (2013)
  4. DVD video: Canadian Popular Music in the '60's, '70's & '80's by EMI Music Canada (2012)
  5. DVD video: Canada: A People's History produced by Mark Starowicz (2001).
  6. Book: Fire in the Bones: Bill Mason and the Canadian Canoeing Tradition by James Raffan (1999)

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What Time Is It? See the National Research Council Canada's web clock.
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View the flexible people clock.

Time in Canada at Various Time Zones

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Standard Time across Canada. Daylight Savings Time across Canada.

A map showing Canada's six (6) time zones and information about the Canadian inventor Sir Sandford Fleming who invented standard time can be found here.

Voice announcements of Eastern Time are made at ten-second intervals, followed by a tone whose beginning indicates the exact time. This service is available to the general public by dialling the Ottawa telephone numbers (613) 745-1576 for English service and (613) 745-9426 for French service. Source: Canada's Telephone Talking Clock

Back in 1967, Canada's time zones looked like this. For more information on Canada's time zones read "It's about TIME" from Canadian Geographic Magazine.

Time in Northern Canada

Time in Western Canada

British Columbia, Canada uses PST (Pacific Standard Time)



Time in Central Canada

Manitoba, Canada uses CST (Central Standard Time)

Ontario, Canada uses EST (Eastern Standard Time)

Time in Eastern Canada

Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada uses NST (Newfoundland Standard Time)

Nova Scotia, Canada uses AST (Atlantic Standard Time)

Prince Edward Island, Canada uses AST (Atlantic Standard Time)

Time and Date Format for Canada

Canadian Standard CAN Z234-4 specifies numeric representations of date and time. The recommended full format is as follows:

  • 2010-12-31 13:59:28.73 UTC.
  • Year-Month-Day Hour Minutes Seconds

It is compatible with International Standard ISO 8601. This standard notation helps to avoid confusion in international communication caused by the many different national notations. In addition, these formats have several important advantages for computer usage compared to other traditional date and time notations. The time notation described in ISO 8601 is already the de-facto standard in almost all countries and the date notation is becoming increasingly popular.
Source: NRC Institute for National Measurement Standards

When do the seasons start?

  • Spring starts at the moment when the sun is directly over the equator, going from south to north: the "vernal equinox"'. Usually March 20.
  • Summer starts at the moment when the sun is farthest north: the "summer solstice". Usually June 21.
  • Fall (autumn) starts at the moment when the sun is directly over the equator, going from north to south: the "autumnal equinox". Usually September 23.
  • Winter starts at the moment when the sun is farthest south: the "winter solstice". Usually December 21.

Source: NRC Institute for National Measurement Standards, Canada

Resources for Finding the Time in a Location

Resources for finding the time in a location.