Local 10-Digit Dialing & New Area Code coming to New Brunswick

17 January, 2023

Starting Friday, January 20, 2023, local 10-digit dialing will be introduced in New Brunswick. Residents will always need to enter the 10 digits (area code + local number) – for all local calls. For example, if you are trying to call Rothesay Town Hall, you will need to dial (506) 848-6600. The 9-1-1 emergency number remains a three-digit number.

Why 10-Digits?

The introduction of 10-digit dialing is the result of a decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission and will pave the way for the addition of a new area code (428) starting on April 29, 2023, as the 506 area code reaches capacity.

How to Prepare

Residents are encouraged to add the 506 area code to programmed numbers in all of their communications devices and equipment (including phones, auto dialers, computers and lifeline equipment) and verify that their alarm systems are compatible with local 10-digit dialing. Companies that use numerous communications systems and devices should also take the necessary steps to update their equipment. All adjustments should be completed before January 20, 2023.

Do you already have a number in the 506 area?

Anyone who already has a number with area code 506 will keep the same number.

New Area Code: 428

Starting on April 29, 2023, the area code 428 will be added in New Brunswick and will coexist with the current 506 area code. Numbers with the new 428 area code will only be assigned to customers when the existing inventory of 506 numbers is depleted.

The Telecommunications Alliance

Canada’s major communications service providers have joined forces to develop a communications campaign informing the public about the introduction of 10-digit dialing and new area codes in certain calling areas.  For more information, please visit dial10.ca.

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