The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced that starting in May 2013, 10-digit local dialling will be required for all local calls made in Saskatchewan, except for calls made from Kinoosao or Uranium City. The CRTC also announced that a new area code, 639, would be introduced in the province.
The transition to 10-digit dialling will begin on February 25, 2013, and will be gradually introduced over the following weeks. During this transition period, customers who dial 7 digits will hear an announcement advising them to include the area code in future calls, after which their call will be completed. 10-digit dialling will become mandatory by May 11, 2013.
At the same time, in order to prevent a shortage of telephone numbers in Saskatchewan, the CRTC is introducing a new area code, 639, as of May 25, 2013. This means that customers seeking new telephone numbers could be given a number starting with area code 639. Existing customers will keep their current area code and phone numbers.
These measures are being implemented in response to the Canadian Numbering Administratorís notification that Saskatchewan is expected to run out of telephone numbers by August 2013.