CRTC to introduce a new area code in southwestern Ontario in 2015

OTTAWA-GATINEAU, October 30, 2013 — The Canadian Radio-television and
Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced that it will introduce a
new area code in southwestern Ontario.Starting on June 4, 2015, new telephone numbers assigned in the 226 and
519 regions may be given area code 548. Existing customers will keep their
current area codes and phone numbers.

The Canadian Numbering Administrator previously informed the CRTC that
area codes 226 and 519 serving southwestern Ontario are expected to run
out of telephone numbers by September 2015.


Introduced in 1953, the 519 area code covers most of southwestern Ontario,
including such cities as London, Sarnia, Kitchener-Waterloo and Brantford.
In October 2006, the 226 area code was added to the area served by area
code 519, which required the introduction of mandatory 10-digit local
dialing. By adding area codes in this manner, subscribers could keep their
current telephone numbers.

Telecom Decision CRTC 2013-575

Reference documents:

CRTC addresses telephone number shortage in Ontario and Alberta

Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2012-655


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

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