The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (the Canadian Federal Government's telecom/radio/TV/etc. regulatory agency similar ot the US' FCC) issued a press release today, Wed-17-Feb-2010, regarding the forthcoming area code overlay in central and western/ northwestern Quebec, NPA 819 to be overlaid with new NPA 873.
The 819, 450, and 514 area codes in Quebec went to mandatory ten-digit local dialing back in Fall 2006, even though at that time, the only area code to be overlaid with 514 (with 438) for Montreal and the IMMEDIATE vicinity itself. Later this year (2010), 450 for the outer areas of southwestern Quebec outside of the immediate Montreal metro area, will be overlaid with 579.
Now, 819 will finally be overlaid.
The CRTC documentation can be found from:
Later during the day, the CRTC corrected the date for 819/873 in the press release at their website.
The official-start-date for the 819/873 Quebec overlay (according to the CNA, Canadian Numbering Administrator) is for Saturday01-June-2013. This is also the corrected date now shown in the CRTC's press notice at their website.
Central Office Codes can be requested under the new 873 NPA code from SAIC-CNA as early as Saturday 01-December-2012.
Ten-digit local intra-819 dialing is already mandatory throughout the entire 819 NPA region in Quebec (since Fall 2006), so any permissive/ mandatory 10-digit dialing transition is MOOT!
Test-Number Effective date (NO LATER THAN) Friday 01-March-2013. Test-Number discontinue date (NO EARLIER THAN) Monday 01-July-2013.873-610-TEST/BILL for 8050 Bell Canada QC 873-810-TEST/BILL for 8304 MTS-Allstream (CLEC) 873-510-TEST/BILL for 8377 Rogers-CallNet? 743B Rogers-Cable? (CLEC) (Rogers CallNet does have a presence at Hull QC)
There might be an 873-710-TEST/BILL for 8239 Telebec at Val-d'Or QC, for their DMS-200 tandem, but that hasn't yet been determined.
The CLEC-side of Telus-Quebec might possibly have a test/bill number pair for the new 873 NPA, but that hasn't yet been determined.
Verbage/text for the test-number announcements will be French-then-English:
"La communication a été établie avec succès au numéro de vérification de l'indicatif régional 8-7-3, à [NOM DU TÉLÉCOMMUNICATEUR], Québec, Canada."
"You have successfully completed a call to the 8-7-3 Area Code Test Number at [CARRIER NAME] in Québec, Canada."
More details to come later... there will obviously be a NeuStar-NANPA Planning Letter at a later date.
The SAIC-CNA's website is: