New 343 area code now available (will coexist with the 613)

About a month ago the CRTC said a new 343 area code will be coming to Easter Ontario and will join up with the 613 area code. The reason for the new area code is due to “demand for telephone numbers, particularly for wireless devices…in the 613 region”.

Today is the day that the 343 goes into effect. In a release today, Glenn Pilley, Director of the Canadian Numbering Administration said “It is important to remind everyone in eastern Ontario that the new 343 area code is operational as of today and that the first blocks of telephone numbers will be allocated to the telecommunications service providers over the coming months for assignment to their customers”.