Who is responsible for the introduction of new area codes in Canada? + -

  • These measures are the result of decisions by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Local telecommunications companies are responsible for implementing the changes.

When will it be possible for companies to reserve numbers in a new area code? + -

  • The Canadian Numbering Administrator (CNA) will assign blocks of new numbers to telecommunications carriers only when all numbers in the existing area code have run out. For more details, companies should contact their telecommunications provider.

What should a company do if it wishes to add new phone lines? + -

  • Companies should contact their telecommunications provider.

What is the “overlay method”? + -

  • The overlay method simply involves adding a new code to the geographic region served by an existing area code. The two codes will co-exist, providing for a substantial increase in available telephone numbers in the region without affecting existing numbers.

Will local calling areas remain the same? + -

  • Yes. Introducing a new area code does not affect local calling areas in any way.

Will current phone numbers change? + -

  • No. Your current phone number will not change.