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.