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CRTC to introduce new area code and 10-digit local dialing in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island


OTTAWA-GATINEAU, October 1, 2012 — Today, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced the addition of a new area code to remedy a shortage of telephone numbers in the provinces of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island currently served by area code 902. The CRTC will also introduce 10-digit dialing in both provinces so that all local calls are routed to the correct area code.
 
Starting on November 30, 2014, customers requesting a new telephone number could be given a number starting with area code 782. Existing customers will keep area code 902 and their current telephone number.
 
The move to 10-digit dialing will begin in August 2014, and will be implemented gradually over the following weeks. During the transition, customers who dial seven digits will hear a message reminding them to include the area code for future calls, after which their call will be completed as dialed. Ten-digit dialing will be mandatory as of 16 November 2014. 
 
Telecom Decision CRTC 2012-528 http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2012/2012-528.htm 
 
The CRTC 
The CRTC is an independent public authority that regulates and supervises broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.
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