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What are the new area codes in Canada?

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

RegionCurrent area code(s)

New area codes and
10-digit dialing to be added

Start date
Québec 418, 518 367 November 24, 2018
Newfoundland and Labrador 709 10-digit dialing begins August 17, 2018
Newfoundland and Labrador 709 879 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.

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.

For more information, visit www.newareacodes.ca.

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