(Pexels)

B.C. to get new area code in 2019

New code needed because 236, 250, 604, and 778 will be all used up by 2020

Get ready to memorize a new set of digits in B.C.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, or CRTC, approved a report recommending a new area code, 672, across the province on Wednesday.

The decision comes after a report last fall from the Canadian Numbering Administrator, warning that B.C. will run out of its current area codes by May 2020.

At the moment, 236 and 778 serve all of B.C., 604 serves the Lower Mainland and 250 serves the rest of B.C.


@katslepian

katya.slepian@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Three strong earthquakes reported off Vancouver Island

The quakes, all measuring more than 6.0 on the richter scale, were about 260 kilometres west of Tofino

See your great fog images from across Greater Victoria

It was a foggy day today and your cameras captured some beautiful images

Older communities in Greater Victoria record higher turnout

Oak Bay and Sidney rank first and second in voter turnout

Sooke Road closed in both directions after morning crash

Crash is five km west of Gillespie Road

Olympic path takes new directions for Saanich’s Matt Sharpe

Sharpe wins ITU mixed relay medal with Canadian teammates

Voting set to start in B.C. proportional representation referendum

Two-part ballots now being mailed to all registered voters

Okanagan parachute accidents kills American

Man, 34, dies in skydiving accident Saturday near Westwold, between Vernon and Kelowna

Man who died at BC Ferries terminal shot himself as police fired: watchdog

Officers didn’t commit any offence, says police watchdog office

Mother passes school trustee torch to daughter in Port Alberni

Jane Jones loses after one term, but proud of her daughter Connie Watts

Canada Post strikes leaves small shops in the lurch as holidays approach: CFIB

Rotating strikes began in Victoria, Edmonton, Halifax and Windsor

Voter turnout at 36% in B.C.’s municipal election

Vancouver saw 39% turnout, Surrey saw 33%

Harry and Meghan travel in different style on Australia tour

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on day seven of their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific.

AP Exclusive: Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair, thesis for sale

The online auction features 22 items from Hawking, including his doctoral thesis on the origins of the universe, with the sale scheduled for 31 October and 8 November.

In Khashoggi case: Saudi calls, ‘body double’ after killing

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called the son of Jamal Khashoggi, the kingdom announced early Monday, to express condolences for the death of the journalist killed at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul by officials that allegedly included a member of the royal’s entourage.

Most Read