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BC gains new area code, with one more to follow

Nelson Daily Editor
By Nelson Daily Editor
July 29th, 2011

B.C. residents will soon be dialling a new area code, because the current supply is expected to run out two years earlier than originally planned.

The new area code will be 236 and will be used throughout the province, according the CRTC.

Telephone companies will start handing out numbers with the new area code in June 2013. Existing phone numbers will all remain the same.

B.C. was not expected to run out of phone numbers with the existing area codes until 2016, but last year officials noticed numbers would likely run out some time in 2014.

Officials have already set aside another area code 672 for future expansion in B.C.

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