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B.C. businesses to get new area code

Businesses are encouraged to begin making necessary changes by reprogramming communications systems and equipment.



VANCOUVER—The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is adding a new area code to all of B.C.

Beginning June 1, businesses and residents in B.C. will start seeing the 236 area code.

The existing area codes will continue to be issued in areas where there is still a sufficient supply of 604, 778 and 250 numbers.

After June 1, people and businesses receiving a new phone number may get one with the 236 code. Timing and availability of phone numbers with the new area code will vary by community, depending upon the local inventory and demand.

The geographic boundaries that govern long distance calling will not be affected.

Businesses are encouraged to begin making any necessary changes by reprogramming communications systems and equipment. For example, businesses that restrict long distance calls will need to reprogram their equipment to accept the 236 area code as local.

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