The Canadian Radio and Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has approved a new area code for eastern Ontario to meet the demand for telephone numbers in the region.

The new 753 code will begin on March 26 along with current area codes 613 and 343 to cover eastern Ontario and the Ottawa area, including Belleville, Brockville, Kingston and Trenton.

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The add-on is the first new code since 2010 when the 343 code was introduced, joining the original 613 code for eastern Ontario that has been in place since 1947.

In a telecommunications decision report to the CRTC, the Canadian Numbering Administrator (CNA) informed the commission that the area code complex of 343 and 613 is expected to be depleted by February 2024, if not for the addition of a new code.

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According to a release by the CNA, “the introduction of a new area code creates millions of additional phone numbers without affecting the existing numbers.”

The new 753 area code will only be granted when there is no longer a sufficient supply of numbers with the existing area codes.

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The introduction of a new area code in a region does not affect the geographical boundaries of local call areas or the way long distance calls are dialed.

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