OTTAWA, Feb. 13, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Starting March 25, 2013, two new area codes will be introduced in the Greater Toronto Area. In Toronto, the 437 area code will be added to the 416/647 area codes. In the 905/289 region, the 365 area code will be introduced.
Increasing demand for telephone numbers, particularly for wireless devices, has created the need for additional numbers to serve customers in these regions.
The new 437 and 365 area codes will provide additional telephone numbers with no impact on existing telephone numbers. The new area codes will coexist with the current ones and will come into effect as new telephone numbers are introduced. It is important to note that numbers with the current area codes will continue to be assigned for the next few months, until there are none remaining.
"These new area codes reflect the growing use of cell phones and other mobile devices. Telecommunications service providers will be able to accommodate the growing demand for new telephone numbers with absolutely no impact on customers," said Glenn Pilley, Director of the Canadian Numbering Administrator. "We expect the first numbers with the new area codes to be assigned over the coming months as part of a seamless transition process."
The introduction of a new area code in a region does not affect the local calling areas or the way local or long distance calls are dialed. Special numbers like 9-1-1 will still be dialed using only three digits.
Currently, the 416/647 area codes are used in Toronto, while the 905/289 area codes cover southern Ontario, including Ajax-Pickering, Brampton, Burlington, Hamilton, Markham, Milton, Mississauga, Oakville, Oshawa, Richmond Hill, St. Catharines and Whitby.
Other new area codes in Canada
New area codes will also be introduced in the coming months in several other regions throughout Canada including Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
The Telecommunications Alliance
The Telecommunications Alliance was formed to create awareness about the introduction of new area codes. The Alliance is comprised of Bell, Rogers, TELUS and Vidéotron. For more information about new area codes in Canada, please consult the website at: www.newareacodes.ca.
SOURCE: TELECOMMUNICATIONS ALLIANCE