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Posted November 29, 2012


CRTC addresses telephone number shortage in Ontario and Alberta

OTTAWA-GATINEAU - Yesterday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) began a process to address a predicted telephone number shortage in southern Ontario and all regions of Alberta.

The Canadian Numbering Administrator (CNA) has advised the CRTC that southern Ontario area codes 226 and 519 are expected to run out of telephone numbers by January 2017. The CNA has also advised the CRTC that all area codes in Alberta, 403, 587 and 780, are expected to run out by June 2018. The CNA administers the distribution of phone numbers in Canada under the oversight of the CRTC.

The Commission is establishing Relief Planning Committees to evaluate various solutions and make recommendations to the CRTC. The Commission will then make a decision on the most appropriate option for each region.

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