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Telecom Public Notice CRTC 2007-8

  Ottawa, 28 May 2007

Establishment of a new CISC ad hoc committee for area code relief planning in Quebec area code 418 and related issues

  Reference: 8698-C12-200707953
  With this Public Notice, the Commission announces the establishment of a CRTC Interconnection Steering Committee ad hoc relief planning committee (RPC) to examine options for providing relief to area code 418 in Quebec. The Commission invites the public and telecommunications service providers in area codes 418 and 819 to participate in the activities of the ad hoc RPC. Due to the jeopardy situation in area code 418 and the forecast of imminent central office code exhaust, the Commission approves a Jeopardy Contingency Plan and abbreviates the relief planning process.



On 23 March 2007, the Canadian Numbering Administrator (CNA) published the results of the latest General Numbering Resource Utilization Forecast (G-NRUF) for various numbering plan areas (NPAs), or area codes, in Canada. The results of the latest G-NRUF indicated that the projected exhaust date for area code 418 had changed from December 2013 to October 2008, which placed area code 418 in a jeopardy condition. Area code 418 covers a broad area including the City of Québec and the Gaspé area.


The CNA declares a jeopardy condition when it projects an area code exhaust date to be within 36 months and the Commission has not yet established and approved a relief measure and implementation date. Given that the CNA projects the exhaust date in area code 418 to be less than 17 months away, the Commission considers that an area code relief planning process should begin immediately.




In CRTC Interconnection Steering Committee - Consensus items, Telecom Decision CRTC 2003-55, 13 August 2003, the Commission established revised Canadian NPA Relief Planning Guidelines (the Guidelines), which provide the framework for addressing area code exhaust in Canada. The Guidelines establish a step-by-step process to be followed by the CNA and relief planning committees (RPCs).


In accordance with the Guidelines, the industry conducts area code relief planning in a public manner through an ad hoc RPC within the CRTC Interconnection Steering Committee (CISC). Part of the role of these RPCs is to encourage public awareness and participation. The CNA, in its role as NPA relief planning coordinator, acts as the chair of these RPCs.

Area code 418 RPC


With this Public Notice, the Commission establishes the area code 418 RPC. This RPC will be responsible for developing a planning document that describes all options, including benefits and drawbacks, that might reasonably be pursued to implement relief for area code 418.

Jeopardy contingency plan


The Commission notes that due to the need to respond quickly to the jeopardy condition in area code 418, industry stakeholders held a meeting on 19 April 2007 and developed a jeopardy contingency plan (JCP). On 2 May 2007 the stakeholders submitted the JCP to the Commission for its approval.


The Commission considers the proposed JCP measures appropriate and therefore approves the JCP. The Commission requests that the RPC include the JCP in its planning document and relief implementation plan, and directs all carriers to implement the measures contained in the JCP. The JCP can be found on the CNA's website at or by calling the CNA at 613-563-7242.



Based on the Commission's past practice, the RPC would forward the planning document to the Commission so that it could be included in a public process, and the Commission would then seek comments on the appropriate method for implementing relief. However, due to the tight time frames in this case and the need to put a relief measure in place before exhaust occurs, the Commission considers it appropriate to modify the process to forgo this second public process.


As a result, the Commission requests the area code 418 RPC to develop both the planning document and a relief implementation plan at the same time and to file these documents with the Commission by 11 July 2007 for its approval. The Commission will then issue a decision on the relief measures to be taken for area code 418.



The scope of relief planning activities is limited to considering solutions for introducing new numbering resources within a geographical area. Since area code relief planning does not affect local and long distance calling areas or rates, these issues are outside the scope of this proceeding.


The Commission notes that the RPC may consider some relief options that could affect area code 819. The Commission therefore encourages interested parties in area code 819 to participate in the RPC discussions.


The Commission also notes that the RPC may consider relief measures that could require some customers to change their numbers. The Commission therefore encourages members of the public to participate in RPC activities.

RPC procedure


The CNA will announce the specific location and time of future RPC meetings and make available all related documentation, including the initial planning document, to all interested parties. In addition, information concerning area code 418 relief planning activities will be available on the CNA's website or by calling the CNA at the number noted above.


Parties interested in participating in the activities of the area code 418 RPC must notify the Commission of their intention to do so by filling out the online form or by writing to the Secretary General, CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0N2, or by faxing to: 819-994-0218 by 11 June 2007 (the registration date). Parties are to provide their email address, where available. If parties do not have access to the Internet, they are to indicate in their notice whether they wish to receive a disk version of hard copy filings.


The Commission will issue on its website, as soon as possible after the registration date, a complete list of interested parties and their mailing addresses (including their email addresses, if available), identifying those parties who wish to receive disk versions.

Important notice


Note that all information that you provide as part of this public process, except information granted confidentiality, whether sent by postal mail, facsimile, email or through the Commission's website at, becomes part of a publicly accessible file and will be posted on the Commission's website. This information includes your personal information, such as your full name, email address, postal/street address, telephone and facsimile number(s), and any other personal information you provide.


The personal information you provide will be used and may be disclosed for the purpose for which the information was obtained or compiled by the Commission, or for a use consistent with that purpose.


Documents received electronically or otherwise will be posted on the Commission's website in their entirety exactly as you send them, including any personal information contained therein, in the official language and format in which they are received. Documents not received electronically will be available in PDF format.


Please note that the information you provide to the Commission as part of this public process is entered into an unsearchable database dedicated to this specific public process. This database is accessible only from the webpage of this particular public process. As a result, a general search of our website with the help of either our own search engine or a third-party search engine will not provide access to the information which was provided as part of this public process.

Location of CRTC offices


Submissions may be examined or will be made available promptly upon request at the Commission offices during normal business hours:
  Toll-free telephone: 1-877-249-2782
Toll-free TDD: 1-877-909-2782
  Central Building
Les Terrasses de la Chaudière
1 Promenade du Portage, Room 206
Gatineau, Quebec J8X 4B1
Tel: 819-997-2429
Fax: 819-994-0218
  205 Viger Avenue West, Suite 504
Montréal, Quebec H2Z 1G2
Tel.: 514-283-6607
  Secretary General
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