Alberta will be getting a fifth area code number beginning April 2022.
The area code 368 will be introduced in Alberta beginning April 23, 2022, joining area codes 403, 587, 780, and 825, in order to meet growing demand for new telephone numbers.
“The introduction of a new area code creates millions of additional telephone numbers without affecting the existing numbers,” said Kelly T. Walsh, program manager of the Canadian Numbering Administrator in a news release Wednesday.
“The new area code 368 will be added to the current area codes already in use in Alberta.”
The area code will be introduced gradually across the province, and consumers and businesses requesting a new phone number may receive one with the new area code. Numbers with the new area code will only be assigned to customers once there is no longer a sufficient supply of the existing area codes.
The introduction of the new area code will not affect the geographic boundaries for local calling areas, or how long distance calls are dialled. Special numbers such as 211, 311, 411, 611 and 911 will not be affected and will still be dialled using only three digits.