In February 2010, the CRTC announced the 819 region of Quebec would be getting a new area code overlay in 2013. The new area code was in response to a report that warned the region would run out of telephone numbers by February 2015.

Yesterday, the federal regulator announced the new area code - 873 - would come into effect much earlier because the region is now expected to run out of telephone numbers by September 2012.

Starting September 15, 2012, new telephone numbers assigned in the 819 region may be given the area code 873. The new numbers begin more than nine months ahead of their original introduction date of June 1, 2013.
Read Telecom Decision CRTC 2011-432 for more details
Existing customers will keep their current area code and phone numbers.

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