New area code, 10-digit dialing coming to New Brunswick
New Brunswick is transitioning to 10-digital dialing and introducing another area code as the province runs out of phone numbers.
“Everybody likes to try and point to cellphones; it’s cellphones, it’s tablets, it’s all kinds of new services that are being rolled out,” says Glen Brown, a project manager for the Canadian Numbering Administrator. “It’s the combination of the two that is really driving this across both Canada and the United States.”
Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island introduced 10-digit dialing in 2014. New Brunswickers won’t have to start dialing 10 digits until sometime around February 2020.
“I know that some people will be annoyed by it, some people won’t,” says New Brunswick resident Luc Poirier. “I know I’m not annoyed. I don’t really care. I just dial 506 and there’s the call, right?”
“It doesn’t really bother me. It’s OK whether they do it or not. It’s not a big deal,” says New Brunswicker Charles Lagace.
Area codes are already required when sending text messages, so most contacts saved in smartphones won’t have to be changed.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says there is a plan in place to have Newfoundland and Labrador transition to 10-digit dialing as well.
Northern Ontario, Nunavut and the territories are the only regions of Canada without plans for 10-digial dialing.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Cami Kepke