New area codes in Canada!

The introduction of new area codes is the result of decisions by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

The increased demand for communications services and technologies has led to a dramatic increase in the requirement for phone numbers in several regions across Canada.

When phone numbers start to run out in certain areas, new area codes are created to meet demand. Adding a new area code enables more than seven million new phone numbers to be created!

Starting November 30, 2014, the new 782 area code will be introduced across Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Starting June 4, 2016, the new area code 548 will be introduced in the regions served by area codes 519/226 in Ontario.

New area codes have been successfully introduced in Canada to deal with a growing shortage of telephone numbers in the following areas:

  • 236 in British Columbia
  • 639 in Saskatchewan
  • 365 in the 905/289 area in Ontario
  • 437 in Toronto
  • 431 in Manitoba
  • 873 in the 819 area in Québec
  • 249 in the 705 area in northern Ontario
  • 579 in the 450 area in Québec
  • 343 in the 613 area in Ontario
  • 581 in the 418 area in Québec
  • 438 in the 514 area in Montréal
  • 587 in the 403 and 780 areas in Alberta
  • 226 in the 519 area in Ontario
  • 778 in the 604 and 250 areas in British Columbia
  • 289 in the 905 area in Ontario
  • 647 in the 416 area in Toronto

Introducing a new area code within a region already served by another code creates only minor changes. Adding an area code using the overlay method does not cause any numbers to change for current customers. And, local calling areas also remain the same.

  • Only new telephone lines are affected by this addition.
  • Existing 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 your local calls, you will always enter 10 digits (area code + local number)
Click here for the Canadian area code map