LETHBRIDGE: For those who are still trying to adjust to
ten-digit dialing and three area codes in Alberta, you will soon have to adjust
to a fourth area code in the province.
Right now, Alberta area codes include 403, 587 and 780, which are expected to
run out by July of 2016 - due to increased population and love of the cell
The CRTC (Canadian Radio and Television Commission) has announced a new
province-wide area code will be brought on board, starting on April 9, 2016. At
that time, new telephone numbers assigned in Alberta may be given the area code
825. Existing customers will keep their current area codes and phone numbers.
It will have taken a time span of 17-years for Alberta to reach the point
where four area codes are necessary.
Before 1999, the area code 403 encompassed all of the province. In January
1999, area code 403 was assigned to the southern portion of the province (Red
Deer south), while the northern half of the province received the new area code,
780. In September 2008, area code 587 was introduced for the entire province and
10-digit local dialing became mandatory. By adding area codes in this manner,
subscribers could keep their current telephone numbers.