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  Ottawa, 28 May 2009

Establishment of a CISC ad hoc committee for area code relief planning for area code 819 in western Quebec

  File number: 8698-C12-200908056
  With this 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 819 in western Quebec. The Commission invites the public and telecommunications service providers to participate in the activities of the RPC.



On 28 April 2009, the Canadian Numbering Administrator (CNA) advised the Commission that based on the results of the latest numbering resource utilization forecasts,1 area code 819 is now projected to exhaust by February 2015, which is within the 72-month time frame2 for the commencement of relief planning activities.


The Commission-approved Canadian NPA Relief Planning Guidelines (the Guidelines) 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). These Guidelines require relief planning activities to begin if code exhaust is projected to occur within the next 72 months.


The telecommunications 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 an RPC is to encourage public awareness and participation. Members of the public are encouraged to participate in the RPC's work activities. The CNA, in its role as area code relief planning coordinator, acts as the chair of the RPC.

Area code 819 RPC


Since area code 819 is projected to exhaust in less than 69 months, the Commission considers that there is a need to begin the area code relief planning process. With this notice, the Commission therefore establishes the area code 819 ad hoc RPC (the 819 RPC) under CISC and directs the CNA to chair this committee.


The scope of the relief planning activities of the 819 RPC is limited to the consideration of solutions for introducing new numbering resources within the geographical area currently served by area code 819. Since area code relief planning does not affect local and long distance calling patterns or rates, these issues are outside the scope of this proceeding.


All relief options contemplated by the 819 RPC, as well as its recommendations, will be considered by the Commission in rendering its decision on the relief measures to be adopted.


In developing its recommendations, the 819 RPC is directed to set aside, at a minimum, 7 central office codes for initial code assignments for carriers already providing service in the 819 area and 10 central office codes for initial code assignments for new entrants only.


The Commission considers that the 819 RPC may consider relief measures that would require some customers to change their telephone numbers. The Commission therefore encourages members of the public to participate in the activities of the 819 RPC.



The CNA will announce the location and time of the 819 RPC's meetings and will make available all related documentation. In addition, information concerning area code 819 relief planning activities will be available from the CNA through its website,, or by telephone, at 613-563-7242.


Parties interested in participating in the activities of the 819 RPC (including receiving copies of all submissions) 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 26 June 2009 (the registration date). Parties are to provide their contact information, including 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 disk versions of hard-copy filings.


The Commission will post 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 for which you request and are 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 any personal information such as your personal email address, postal/street address, and telephone number(s) that you may 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 link directly to the information that 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
  This document is available in alternative format upon request, and may also be examined in PDF format or in HTML at the following Internet site:

1 The numbering resource utilization forecast activities were commenced in January 2009 by the CNA in accordance with the Commission-approved Canadian Numbering Resource Utilization Forecast Guidelines.

2 As set out in the Canadian NPA Relief Planning Guidelines.

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