VANCOUVER, May 31, 2013 /CNW/ - British Columbia's new area code, 236,
will be available for use across the province starting tomorrow, June
1. This new area code is being introduced in response to the increasing
demand for phone numbers in B.C., which will result in some communities
running out of numbers within the existing area codes in the near
future. The new code will ensure that there will continue to be enough
numbers to meet the demand.
The new area code will initially be introduced slowly across the
province, only given to residents or businesses acquiring new phone
numbers in areas where there is no longer a sufficient supply of
numbers within the existing area codes - 604, 250, and 778. Each
geographic area has a different supply of numbers within existing area
codes, making it difficult to determine when a specific area will begin
to see the 236 area code in use.
There will be no changes to existing phone numbers, but customers may be
offered a 236 number when they contact a provider for a new service.
The geographic boundaries for long distance calls and three-digit
numbers such as 211, 311, 411, 611 and 911 will not be affected.
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.
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: TELECOMMUNICATIONS ALLIANCE
For further information:
1 (855) 785-1427