VANCOUVER, May 1, 2013 /CNW/ - In response to the increasing demand for
new phone numbers in British Columbia, The Canadian Radio-television
and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is adding a new area code to
all of B.C. Beginning June 1 the new area code, 236, will ensure B.C.
residents and businesses continue to have enough phone numbers.
Individuals do not need to change their existing phone number, and in
areas where there is still a sufficient supply of 604, 778 and 250
numbers they will continue to be given out as long as they are
available. Where they are no longer available or where a customer
chooses, after June 1, people and businesses receiving a new phone
number may get one with the 236 code. Timing and availability of phone
numbers with the new area code will vary by community, depending upon
the local inventory and demand.
The geographic boundaries that govern long distance calling will not be
The Western Telecommunications Alliance, a group of Canada's major
telecommunications companies, is working to inform all customers and
businesses about the additional area code. To ensure a seamless
transition to adding the new area code, 236, businesses are encouraged
to begin making any necessary changes right away by reprogramming
communications systems and equipment. For example, businesses that
restrict long distance calls will need to reprogram their equipment to
accept the 236 area code as local. Residential customers will not need
to make any changes to their equipment.
Three-digit numbers such as 211, 311, 411, 611 and 911 emergency
services will not be affected.
About the Telecommunications Alliance
The Telecommunications Alliance is partnership between the major
telecommunications companies and industry associations across Canada.
The Alliance's mandate is to educate and inform consumers and
businesses about the implementation of new area codes.
SOURCE: Western Telecommunications Alliance
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