British Columbia has four area codes as of June 1
A new area code has been released across British Columbia to meet a growing demand for phone numbers. The area code, 236, was reserved by the Canadian Radio- television and Telecommunications Commission in 2011. At the time, it was expected that British Columbians would run out of phone numbers by 2016. To prevent that from happening, the number 236 will be available across the problems to fill a demand for new phone numbers.
Nobody needs to change their phone number, and the new number isn’t specific to a certain area in the province. It is province-wide and will be given to people that are getting a new phone number.
While long distance charges aren’t changing, some business owners may need to reprogram their phones to allow 236 area codes — if they have restricted access to long distance calls.
BC’s next area code is already on reserve. The number 672 will be used once 90 per cent of the 236 phone numbers are taken.