What Are Some Common Canadian Area Codes?


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Area codes that correspond with highly populated Canadian cities like Toronto and Montreal are 416, 437, 647, 438 and 514. With the most area codes for any province in Canada, Ontario has 13 on its own. Smaller provinces, like Nova Scotia and Nunavut, have one area code each.

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Canada has 39 area codes, while the United States has a total of 325. This contrast accounts for the difference in population between Canada and the United States. All area codes are assigned based on population and geographical placement by the North American Numbering Plan (NANP), a public works group that was formed by AT&T in 1947 and was ultimately switched to operate under the Federal Communications Commission. Canadian area codes resemble all other North American area codes and is used by dialing one proceeded with the three digit area code itself. Like US area codes, there is no visual pattern to the numbering system, but each province has their own set of area codes. Apart from Ontario's 13 codes, Quebec has eight, British Columbia has four, Alberta has three, and Manitoba and Saskatchawan have two. The Yukon, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, the Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia and Nanuvut all have single area codes.

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