Make some room 519 and 226, 548 is moving in.
Starting in June, the new 548 area code is being added to the region currently being served by area codes 519 and more recently, 226, in southwestern Ontario.
Originally slated for roll out in 2016 to meet the continuously growing demand for new telephone numbers, a Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) decision in 2014 approved moving up the implementation date.
“The introduction of a new area code creates millions of additional telephone numbers without affecting existing numbers,” said Canadian Numbering Administrator spokesperson Glen Brown in a media release Jan. 20.
The new area code will be available starting June 4, 2016. After this date, residents and businesses requesting a new phone number may get a number with the 548 area code. Numbers with the new area code will only be assigned to customers when the existing supply of 226 and 519 numbers is depleted.
The introduction of a new area code in a region does not affect the local calling areas or the way long distance calls are dialed. Special numbers like 9-1-1 will still be dialed using only three digits.