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New area codes in Canada

New area codes will be introduced gradually in the following regions.

Region Current area code(s) New area code and 10-digit dialing to be added New area code start date
Newfoundland & Labrador 709 10-digit dialing August 17, 2018
  709 879 November 24, 2018
Québec 418, 581 367 November 24, 2018

What this means for you

Introducing a new area code in a region already served by another code creates only minor changes.

  • Only new phone numbers are affected by the addition.
  • Existing phone 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 more information, visit www.newareacodes.ca.

Why new area codes are needed

The introduction of new area codes is the result of decisions by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in response to the increased demand for communications services. New area codes allow for the creation of millions of new phone numbers.