Mandatory 10-digit dialing will go into effect in Manitoba this Saturday, October 20.
All local calls will need to be preceded by the area code. The Telecommunications Alliance has been handling a three-month transition period, which will end this weekend.
Since July, local calls made using seven digits were interrupted by a recorded announcement before the call went through.
“We are pleased with the participation rates among Manitoba residents,” said Glenn Pilley, spokesperson for the Canadian Numbering Administrator. “However, we must highlight the need for callers to ensure that all numbers stored in communication systems and devices — particularly in alarm systems, Internet connections, building intercoms, and call forwarding devices — have been programmed for 10-digit dialing.”
Starting November 3, the new area code 431 will be introduced in Manitoba.