Area codes 306, 639, and 474

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Area codes 306, 639, and 474 are telephone area codes in the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) for the entire Canadian province of Saskatchewan. Area code 306 is the original area code, and area codes 639 and 474 were added to create an overlay plan for the entire province. The incumbent local exchange carrier is SaskTel.

Area code 306 is one of the original North American area codes, which were assigned in 1947 in the contiguous United States and the nine provinces then in Canada.

In October 2010, in order to facilitate long-term planning nationwide, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) tentatively reserved a number of new area codes for the future relief of existing area codes that were expected to exhaust in the next 25 years; area code 474 was set aside to cover area code 306 and the province of Saskatchewan.[1]

In early 2011, however, a routine analysis by the Canadian Numbering Administrator (CNA) revealed that area code 306 had experienced an unforecasted surge in phone number allocation and was at risk of exhaustion within three years (a situation referred to as a "jeopardy condition").[2] In response, the CRTC immediately initiated relief planning measures.[3]

The planning committee evaluated multiple options involving splitting area code 306 in two, with one portion of customers having to switch their existing phone numbers to a new area code, before determining that an overlay area code was overwhelmingly better. Given the CRTC's decision the year before, the committee's initial planning document (dated May 18, 2011) recommended the assignment of area code 474 for this purpose, mirroring an assumption that had already been reported in the press.[4][5]

However, by the time the committee's planning document was finalized on July 13, 2011, the recommended new area code had changed to 639, an option that was regarded as equally technically viable.[6] The document did not address this divergence from the CRTC's prior allocation nor give a reason for the change, but news reports suggest that it was SaskTel who made the decision to eschew 474, citing a sensitivity to tetraphobia in the community, and that the choice of 639 as a replacement was based on its mathematical similarities with the existing area code.[7]

On August 26, 2011, the CRTC accepted the relief planning committee's recommendation, which dictated that ten-digit dialing was to be phased in for area code 306 between February 25, 2013, and May 11, 2013, and that area code 639 was to be overlayed effective May 25, 2013.[8] Until the implementation of area code 639, Saskatchewan was the last of Canada's original NPAs in which seven-digit dialling had ended.[citation needed]

In July 2018, area code 474 was reserved as a future area code for all of Saskatchewan, as area codes 306 and 639 are expected to exhaust as early as June 2022.[9] Area code 474 was allocated on October 2, 2021.

Service area and central office prefixesEdit

  • Arborfield: (306) - 768
  • Balgonie: (306) - 702 771
  • Beauval: (306) - 288
  • Borden: (306) - 997
  • Bredenbury: (306) - 620 898
  • Buchanan: (306) - 592
  • Calder: (306) - 742
  • Canora: (306) - 563
  • Carrot River: (306) - 768 401
  • Central Butte: (306) - 796
  • Churchbridge: (306) - 896
  • Colonsay: (306) - 255
  • Dalmeny: (306) - 254
  • Dubuc: (306) - 877
  • Esterhazy: (306) - 701 745
  • Estevan: (306) - 308 339 340 415 421 461 471 634 636 637 687, (639) - 450 534
  • Eston: (306) - 402
  • Eyebrow: (306) - 759
  • Foam Lake: (306) - 272
  • Fort Qu'Appelle: (306) - 331 332 804 900
  • Francis: (306) - 245
  • Goodeve: (306) - 876
  • Grayson & Crooked Lake: (306) - 794
  • Hanley: (306) - 544
  • Hudson Bay: (306) - 865 470
  • Humboldt: (306) - 231 289 320 366 367 368 598 682 944, (639) - 535
  • Invermay: (306) - 493
  • Kamsack: (306) - 542 591
  • Kelvington: (306) - 327
  • Kindersley: (306) - 379 430 460 463 512 604 806 838 965 967 968, (639) - 539
  • Kenaston: (306) - 252
  • Langenburg: (306) - 496 740 743
  • Lemberg: (306) - 335
  • Lloydminster: (306) - 214 307 603 808 820 821 825 830 875, (639) - 536 840
  • Lumsden: (306) - 731, (639) - 392
  • Luseland: (306) - 372
  • Marquis: (306) - 788
  • Meadow Lake: (306) - 234 236 240 304 819, (639) - 537
  • Meath Park: (306) - 929
  • Melfort: (306) - 275 277 346 752 863 920 921
  • Melville: (306) - 607 705 707 720 728 730 748 760
  • Milestone: (306) - 436, (639) - 440 450
  • Mistatim: (306) - 889
  • Moose Jaw: (306) - 214 313 556 624 630 631 681 684 690 691 692 693 694 704 756 905 972 983 990, (639) - 538
  • Neudorf: (306) - 748
  • Nipawin: (306) - 862
  • Norquay: (306) - 594
  • North Battleford: (306) - 208 317 386 407 440 441 445 446 470 480 481 490 499 817 906 937
  • Pelly: (306) - 595
  • Pilot Butte: (306) - 584 586 781
  • Porcupine Plain: (306) - 278
  • Preeceville: (306) - 547
  • Prince Albert: (306) - 314 557 703 763 764 765 904 922 930 940 941 953 960 961 970 980 981 987, (639) - 314 533 760
  • Prud'homme: (306) - 654, (639) - 653
  • Radisson: (306) - 827, (639) - 913
  • Regina: (306) - 201 205 206 209 216 337 347 351 352 359 450 501 502 503 509 510 517 519 520 522 523 525 526 527 529 530 531 533 535 536 537 539 540 541 543 545 546 550 551 552 559 564 565 566 569 570 580 581 584 585 586 591 596 719 721 737 751 757 761 766 775 777 779 780 781 787 789 790 791 797 798 807 908 910 924 926 936 949 988 992 993 994 995 999, (639)-221 316 444 528 560 571 590 600 601 602 603 604 605 606 607 608 609 625 640 641 642 643 644 645 646 647 648 649 739 740 888 915 955 997 999
  • Rhein: (306) - 273
  • Rocanville: (306) - 645
  • Rose Valley: (306) - 322
  • Rouleau: (306) - 776, (639) - 394
  • Saltcoats: (306) - 744
  • Saskatoon: (306) - 200 202 203 220 221 222 227 229 230 241 242 244 249 250 251 260 261 262 270 280 281 290 291 292 321 341 343 361 370 371 373 374 380 381 382 384 385 477 491 500 514 518 612 649 651 652 653 655 657 659 664 665 667 668 683 700 713 715 716 717 803 844 850 866 875 880 881 899 902 912 914 931 933 934 938 952 955 956 964 966 974 975 977 978 979 985 986 996 998 (639) - 220 317 470 471 480 630 635 887 916 994 996 998
  • Sheho: (306) - 849
  • St. Isidore-de-Bellevue: (306) - 423
  • Stockholm: (306) - 793
  • Strasbourg: (306) - 725, (639) - 914
  • Sturgis: (306) - 548
  • Swift Current: (306) - 315 437 712 741 750 770 772 773 774 778 816 907 971 973, (639) - 541
  • Theodore: (306) - 647
  • Tisdale: (306) - 873
  • Unity: (306) - 228
  • Uranium City: (306) - 498
  • Wadena: (306) - 338
  • Watrous: (306) - 917 946, (639)-395
  • Weyburn: (306) - 405 504 509 809 842 848 861 869 870 891 897 908
  • Wynyard: (306) - 554
  • Yorkton: (306) - 316 521 620 621 641 708 782 783 786 818 828 890 909, (639) - 540
  • Premium services: 1+(306/639) - 976.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Telecom Decision CRTC 2010-784". Ottawa: Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. 2010-10-22. Retrieved 2021-11-07.
  2. ^ "New Sask. area code coming". cbc.ca. 2011-01-06. Archived from the original on 2011-01-10. Retrieved 2011-01-11.
  3. ^ "Telecom Notice of Consultation CRTC 2011-260". Ottawa: Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. 2011-04-19. Retrieved 2021-11-07.
  4. ^ NPA 306 Relief Planning Committee (Ad Hoc) (2011-05-18). "NPA 306 Initial Planning Document - Text Only" (DOC). Canadian Numbering Administrator. Retrieved 2021-11-07.
  5. ^ "New area code, 474, coming to Saskatchewan". CBC News. 2011-03-31.
  6. ^ NPA 306 Relief Planning Committee (Ad Hoc) (2011-07-13). "TIF Report #2 - NPA 306 Planning Document & Relief Implementation Plan" (PDF). Canadian Numbering Administrator. Retrieved 2021-11-07.
  7. ^ "639 to be Sask.'s 2nd area code". CBC. 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2011-10-11.
  8. ^ "Telecom Decision CRTC 2011-533". Ottawa: Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. 2011-08-26. Retrieved 2021-11-07.
  9. ^ "New, 3rd area code picked for Saskatchewan". CBC News. 21 Jul 2018.

External linksEdit

Saskatchewan area codes: 306, 639
North: 867
West: 403, 780, 587/825 (overlay) 306/639 East: 204/431
South: 701, 406
Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut area codes: 867
Manitoba area codes: 204, 431
Alberta area codes: 403, 587/825, 780
North Dakota area codes: 701
Montana area codes: 406

Coordinates: 54°30′30″N 105°40′00″W / 54.50833°N 105.66667°W / 54.50833; -105.66667 (Area code 306)