Wed. Dec 1st, 2021

In April next year, you will begin to see a new area code for Alberta.

Along with 403, 587, 780 and 825, new phone numbers begin with 368.

The Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) said it is intended to meet the ever-increasing demand for new figures.

“The introduction of a new area code creates millions of additional phone numbers without affecting existing numbers,” said Kelly T. Walsh, program manager for the Canadian Numbering Administrator.

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The new area code will be gradually introduced throughout the province from April 23, 2022.

Numbers with the new 368 area code will only be assigned to customers when there is no longer a sufficient number of numbers with the existing area numbers.

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The very first area code – 403 – was introduced in Alberta in 1947.

In 1999, 780 were brought in to cover Edmonton and northern Alberta.

And as the demand for mobile phones grew, the area code 587 was added in 2008 and 825 was introduced in 2016.

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