Area code 250

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Area code 250 is an area code for most of the Canadian province of British Columbia, including Vancouver Island. It was created on October 19, 1996 as a split of area code 604.[1]

The area code also serves the United States community of Hyder, Alaska, which sits along the border near the town of Stewart.

The incumbent local exchange carriers are Telus, Northwestel and CityWest in the city of Prince Rupert.

Communities included[edit]

Relief planning[edit]

The projected exhaust date of area code 250 was January 2008. The plan recommended by the Canadian Numbering Administrator, to change the boundaries of area code 778 to include the entire province, was approved by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) on June 7, 2007. Mandatory 10-digit dialing began September 12, 2008.[2] As this solution was an overlay, the existing telephone numbers in area code 250 remained unchanged. Three CO prefixes in the 250 area code were reserved for use by Northwestel, as 13 of its 15 switches at the time could not handle multiple area codes, and its system could not accommodate 10-digit-dialling.[2]

Area code 236 was implemented as a distributed overlay of area codes 604, 250, and 778 on 1 June 2013.[3]

Area code 672 has been reserved for British Columbia once area code 236 is exhausted.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NPA Code Search Information". NANPA. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Telecom Decision CRTC 2007-38". Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. 7 June 2007. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Telecom Decision CRTC 2011-451". Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 

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British Columbia area codes: 236, 250, 604, 778
North: 867
West: Pacific Ocean, 907 250 (overlaid by 778 and 236) East: 780, 403, 587
South: 604/778/236, 360, 509, 208, 406
Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut area codes: 867
Idaho area codes: 208
Washington area codes: 206, 253, 360, 425, 509
Alaska area codes: 907

Coordinates: 54°0′0″N 124°0′0″W / 54.00000°N 124.00000°W / 54.00000; -124.00000