CRTC to introduce a new area code in Alberta in 2016

OTTAWA-GATINEAU, October 30, 2013 — Today, the Canadian Radio-television
and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced that it will introduce
a new province-wide area code in Alberta, which is presently served by
area codes 403, 587 and 780.Starting on April 9, 2016, new telephone numbers assigned in Alberta may
be given numbers from area code 825. Existing customers will keep their
current area codes and phone numbers.

The Canadian Numbering Administrator previously informed the CRTC that
area codes 403, 587, and 780 serving Alberta are expected to run out of
telephone numbers by July 2016.


Prior to 1999, area code 403 encompassed Alberta. In January 1999, area
code 403 was split in two and the northern half of the province received a
new area code, 780. In September 2008, area code 587 was introduced for
the entire province of Alberta and 10-digit local dialing became
mandatory. By adding area codes in this manner, subscribers could keep
their current telephone numbers.

Telecom Decision CRTC 2013-574

Reference documents:

CRTC addresses telephone number shortage in Ontario and Alberta

Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2012-656


The CRTC is an administrative tribunal that regulates and supervises
broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.

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