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What are the new area codes in Canada?

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New area codes will be introduced gradually in the following regions.

Region Current area code(s) New area code to be added New area code start date
Québec 819 873 September 15, 2012
Manitoba 204 431 November 3, 2012
Ontario - Toronto 416, 647 437 March 25, 2013
Ontario - Greater Toronto Area 905, 289 365 March 25, 2013
British Columbia 250, 604, 778 236 June 1, 2013

What this means for you

Introducing a new area code in a region already served by another code creates only minor changes.

  • Only new phone numbers are affected by the addition.
  • Existing phone numbers keep the same area code and are not changed in any way.
  • Local calling areas remain the same.
  • The 9-1-1 emergency number remains a three-digit number throughout the area.

For more information, visit www.newareacodes.ca.

Why new area codes are needed

The introduction of new area codes is the result of decisions by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in response to the increased demand for communications services. New area codes allow for the creation of millions of new phone numbers.

Last Updated:28/03/2012

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