Introduction of 10-digit dialing for local calls in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
Starting August 23, 2014, residents of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island will be required to dial 10 digits – the area code followed by the seven-digit phone number – for all local calls. The introduction of 10-digit dialing is the result of a decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and will pave the way for the addition of a new area code, 782, in November 2014, as the 902 area code reaches capacity.
To accommodate 10-digit dialing, various telephone functions and communications equipment will need to be reprogrammed to add the 902 area code to numbers stored in autodialing devices. Reprogramming can start now, since telephone service providers are all currently able to accommodate 10-digit local dialing. All adjustments should be completed before 10-digit local dialing comes into effect on August 23, 2014.
The Telecommunications Alliance – whose members include Bell Aliant, Bell, Rogers and Telus – was formed to spearhead a public information campaign to ensure a seamless transition to this new local dialing method.
For more information on how to get prepared, please consult the information document available on the Telecommunications Alliance website at www.dial10.ca.