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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
New Brunswick 506 428 August 13 and November 21, 2020

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.

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