OTTAWA — Eastern Ontario and regions surrounding Montreal will get new area codes in 2010 to meet a growing demand for new phone numbers
Starting May 17, 2010, a new area code - 343 - will be introduced in the territory now served by the 613 code in eastern Ontario.
The 613 code now covers Ottawa, Kingston, Belleville, Brockville, Cornwall and Bancroft.
A new 579 area code will also be introduced in August 2010 in the territory now served by the 450 code surrounding Montreal.
The 450 code covers Laval and the North Shore, the South Shore, Lanaudiere, Monteregie, parts of Estrie and Laurentians, and the Richelieu Valley.
The new codes also respond to high demand for wireless services, the Internet and IP telephony among consumers and businesses.