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New Area Codes for Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador

New area code 879 in Newfoundland and Labrador

Posted April 25, 2017

New area code 879 in Newfoundland and Labrador

With the continuing popularity for telecommunication services, the demand for new phone numbers will soon exceed the supply in Newfoundland and Labrador. Currently covered by area code 709, the solution is to add a second area code on November 24, 2018. The new 879 area code will co-exist within the same geographic region as area code 709.

10-digit dialing in Newfoundland and Labrador

In order to pave the way for the addition of the new area code, starting August 17, 2018, 10-digit dialing – the area code followed by the phone number - will be introduced to residents and businesses of Newfoundland and Labrador for all local communications. If the area code is not dialed, the caller will hear a reminder message before the call is completed. Starting November 10, 2018, 10-digit dialing will become mandatory. If the 10-digit-number is not dialed, the call will not be completed.

Please note the following:

  • New area code will only be assigned to new telephone numbers
  • There will be no change to customers’ existing 709 telephone numbers
  • The geographic boundaries that govern long distance will not change
  • Special numbers like 9-1-1 will still be dialed using 3 digits

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

What is the new area code in the 709 area?

The 879 area code will be introduced gradually in the region now served by 709 in Newfoundland and Labrador with an overlay method, and will co-exist with existing area code 709.

When will the new area code be introduced?

The new area code will be introduced starting November 24, 2018.

Will all new numbers after November 24, 2018 have the new area code?

No. Numbers will continue to be assigned with the area code 709 as long as they are available in your local area.

When will it be possible for businesses to reserve new numbers in area code 879?

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 is the “overlay method”?

The overlay method simply involves adding a new code to the geographic region served by existing area codes. The two area 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. Customers with telephone numbers in the new area code will get the same calling areas and prices as customers in the same exchange areas with telephone numbers in area code 709.

Will current phone numbers change?

No. Your current phone number will not change.

When I dial the area code for a local call, will I be charged long distance rates?

No. Local and long distance calling areas and prices will not change with the adoption of 10-digit dialing on local calls originating within area code 709.

Will customers need to do anything special to prepare for 10 digit dialing?

Maybe. Consumers and businesses who have telephone features and services that use programmed telephone numbers should add the area code to any local telephone numbers currently programmed with 7 digits. This can be done any time, and should be completed by August 17, 2018. Examples include: Call forwarding, speed dial telephone number lists, Lifeline equipment, etc.

New area code 367 in Quebec

Posted April 25, 2017

As demand for telecommunications services in Quebec continues to grow, a new area code will be added to ensure adequate availability of telephone numbers. The geographic region currently covered by area codes 418 and 581, will see the addition of a third area code on November 24, 2018.

Please note the following:

  • The new area code will be 367, and will only be assigned to new telephone numbers
  • Anyone who already has a number with area code 418 and 581 will keep the same number
  • The geographic boundaries that govern long distance will not change
  • Special numbers like 9-1-1 will still be dialed using 3 digits
  • For your local calls, you will continue to dial 10 digits (area code + local number)

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the new area code in the 418/581 area?

The 367 area code will be introduced gradually in the region now served by 418/581 in Quebec with an overlay method.

When will the new area code be introduced?

The new area code will be introduced starting November 24, 2018

Will current phone numbers change?

No. Your current phone number will not change.

Will local calling areas remain the same?

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

Will all new numbers after November 24, 2018 have the new area code?

No. Numbers will continue to be assigned with the area code 418 and 581 as long as they are available in your local area.

When will it be possible for businesses to reserve new numbers in area code 367?

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.

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.

What is the “overlay method”?

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

Is it common to introduce new area codes to ensure there is no shortage of available telephone numbers?

Yes, most regions in Canada require multiple area codes to accommodate demand for telephone numbers. Just as Quebec has 2 area codes today, adding a third area code will provide a substantial increase in available telephone numbers

End of CDMA network support

Posted June 3, 2016

For information on the end of CDMA network support visit CDMA network shutdown

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