If you're getting a new phone number a year and a half from now, you may be assigned a 249 area code instead of 705.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced Tuesday that as of March 12, 2011, 10-digit local dialing will be required for all local calls in the 705 area code region of northern Ontario, a news release states.
The CRTC also announced that a new area code, 249, would be introduced.
The release states the change is for northern Ontario, however, a CRTC official told Sun Media all municipalities in the 705 area code would be affected.
This includes Peterborough, the City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton, Parry Sound, Orillia, Barrie, North Bay, Timmins and Sudbury.
A transition to 10-digit dialing will begin Jan. 15, 2011 and become mandatory by March 12, 2011.
To prevent the exhaustion of telephone numbers in the 705 area code region, new telephone numbers assigned as of March 19, 2011, may be given area code 249, the release states.
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