10-digit dialing coming to Nova Scotia and PEI on August 23rd, new 782 area code in November

Ian Hardy

February 26, 2014 9:06am

If you’re living or visiting Nova Scotia and PEI this summer you’ll soon need to dial 10-digits for the 902 area code. Effective August 23rd, due to the “ever-growing popularity of communications services” in the region, 10-digit dialing will be required for all local calls.

Glen Brown, a spokesperson for the Canadian Numbering Administrator, said that “10-digit local dialing is new to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island and impacts all residents and businesses. It is important that consumers and businesses start reprogramming their communications equipment prior to August 23, 2014 in order to avoid any inconveniences that may be caused by the changes.”

With 10-digit dialing coming into play this paves the way for a new area code. Coming this November will also see a new 782 area code become available that will hopefully tackle the “huge increase in demand for phone numbers in the region.”

Source: CNW

  • Max Fireman

    Poor souls, have to dial 10 digits to their destination.

  • EllaSilverYeah!

    who gets stuck with this 782 travesty?

  • Jakob

    There are places still doing 7-digit dialing? I thought this was long dead?

    • Basil

      I still remember 4-digit dialing when I was a kid, sonny.

      Now get off my lawn, you hooligans!

  • Mike

    It’s about time!! I’m from Ottawa, and every time I give out my number with area code here in Halifax everyone is like “yeah, I know the area code!” But then the same morons will be in Florida or Ontario and get confused when people ask them for their area code!!! How hard is it to understand that people are not clairvoyant, and can not guess your area code!!! I can’t wait to see the confusion and disaster this will create. “OHH NOOO I MUST REMEMBER TO PROVIDE 3 MORE NUMBERS!!”

  • Danielle

    I remember the annoyance this caused when it launched in Alberta. I’m amazed it’s just now happening out there; it feels like it should’ve happened forever ago.