Vancouver/Fraser Valley – Starting May 4, 2019, an additional area code will be introduced in British Columbia. The introduction of the new area code 672 is the result of a decision by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and is intended to meet the continuously growing demand for more telephone numbers.
The introduction of a new area code creates millions of additional telephone numbers without affecting the existing numbers. The new area code 672 will be added to the current 604, 250, 778 and 236 area codes already in use in British Columbia.
After May 4, 2019, consumers and businesses requesting a new phone number may receive one with the new area code. Numbers with the new 672 area code will only be assigned to customers once there is no longer a sufficient supply of numbers with the existing area codes – 604, 250, 778 and 236.
The introduction of a new area code in a region does not affect the geographic boundaries for local calling areas or the way long distance calls are dialed. Special numbers such as 211, 311, 411, 611 and 911 will not be affected and will still be dialed using only three digits.
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Canada’s major telecommunications service providers have joined forces to develop a communications campaign informing the public about the introduction of new area codes in certain calling areas. For more information about new area codes in Canada, visit newareacodes.ca.