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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.

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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.