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Campus Bulletin

October 05, 2005

Prepare for 10-Digit Dialling

In June 2006, people living in several regions of Ontario and Quebec, including those in communities served by area code 519, will be asked to dial 10 digits — the area code followed by the phone number — for all local calls.

Already in use in many North American cities, 10-digit local dialling is being introduced because of the heavy demand for new phone numbers and to provide standardized local dialling across neighbouring regions, said Jim Lennie, associate director for Computing and Communications Services.

To ensure a seamless transition, businesses and consumers are encouraged to start making the necessary changes right away by adding the appropriate area code to programmed numbers on all their telecommunications devices and also ensuring that their security or alarm systems are compatible with 10-digit local dialling.

For those publishing materials that include telephone and/or fax numbers, remember to remove the brackets surrounding the area code because it will no longer be optional.

The University's number should appear as 519 824-4120.

More information on 10-digit dialling

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