Newfoundland and Labrador getting second area code 879

Published on February 3, 2017

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In a new decision, the CRTC has granted Newfoundland a new area code that will kick in beginning in November 2018.

The area code goes into effect Nov. 24 that year and joins 709.

It's part of the process of the province transitioning to 10-digit local dialing, beginning Aug. 17, 2018.

Capacity on the area code 709 was projected to be exhausted by March 2019, the CRTC said in its decision.

Mandatory 10-digit local calling — replacing seven digits — will be mandatory beginning Nov. 10, 2018.