CRTC to introduce a new area code in the greater Montreal region in 2010

    OTTAWA and GATINEAU, QC , May 7 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today announced how
it will handle the telephone number shortage that will affect the 450 area
code in the greater Montreal region. Starting in October 2010, new telephone
numbers assigned in the 450 region may be given area code 438.
    In 2003, area code 438 was introduced to deal with the shortage of
telephone numbers in the region served by area code 514. The CRTC has
determined that area code 438 will be extended to the region covered by area
code 450.
    Last year, the Canadian Numbering Administrator informed the CRTC that
area code 450, which is adjacent to the 514 region, is expected to run out of
telephone numbers by February 2011.

    Telecom Decision CRTC 2009-255

    The CRTC

    The CRTC is an independent public authority that regulates and supervises
broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.

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