Well, the time has come again for our province to get a new area code. Starting June 18, Ontario will be introducing a new area code, and here’s what to know!

According to The Telecommunications Alliance, the new 683 area code will be introduced in the region currently served by area codes 249 and 705 in Ontario. This covers a lot of ground, from Wasaga Beach to Collingwood.

The Alliance says that the “introduction of the new area code is in response to the increasing demand for phone numbers in the region, ensuring residents and businesses continue to have enough numbers to meet demand well into the future.”

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“The new area code will be introduced gradually starting on June 18. After this date, consumers and businesses requesting a new phone number may receive one with the new area code,” said Kelly T. Walsh, Program Manager of the Canadian Numbering Administrator.

For those in the area, it’s important to note that all existing numbers will keep the same area code. Additionally, local calling areas will remain the same in the region. All local calls will require 10 digits, which includes the area code and the local number.

And, finally, the Telecommunications Alliance says that “business customers using communications systems that restrict long distance calling will need to add 683 as a local area code.”

“When phone numbers start to run out in certain areas, new area codes are created to meet demand,” they said. “Adding a new area code enables more than seven million new phone numbers to be created!”