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Calling From Canada

Calling to Canada

Making Calls while in Canada

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General Tips for Making Phone Calls within Canada

The most important things to remember when calling within Canada are the time difference between regions and the required 1 to be dialed before the area code.

Mobile phone calls within Canada

Cellular phone numbers in Canada have 7 digits. These 7 digits are always prefixed with an area code of 3 digits.

If you are calling a Canadian cell phone from within Canada, dial 1, followed by the area code and subscriber number. e.g. For a call to a New Brunswick cell phone from anywhere in Canada, dial 1-506-xxx-xxxx.

Receiving calls from abroad

If you are making an international call to a Canadian land line or cellular line, dial the international access code, country code, 3-digit area code, and 7-digit subscriber number. e.g. 00-1-xxx-xxx-xxxx.

Other calls and numbers

For local calls, you must always dial the 1 and area code. e.g. For a local call within Alberta, dial 1-403-xxx-xxxx.

Toll-free numbers in Canada are 3-digit numbers that always begin with 8. The following are toll-free numbers in Canada:

  • 1-800-xxx-xxxx
  • 1-855-xxx-xxxx
  • 1-866-xxx-xxxx
  • 1-877-xxx-xxxx
  • 1-888-xxx-xxxx

Calls to toll-free numbers in other countries usually carry a charge.

3-Digit toll-free numbers are used for public services in Canada.


  • 911 Police, Fire, and Ambulance


  • 411 Directory Assistance
  • 0 Operator Assistance

Tips for Calling Internationally from Canada

If calling internationally from Canada, always dial the country’s international access code, 011, followed by the country code of the country you are calling, area code, and local subscriber number. The exception is for international calls to the U.S.: simply dial 1, followed by the area code and subscriber number.

Pay phones in Canada are fairly affordable, costing about US20¢ for a 3-minute local call. For long-distance and international calls, purchase a calling card. Calls from your hotel room will always be more expensive than calls from pay phones.

Internet cafes are easy to find across Canada, particularly in larger cities and many offer wireless access. They are affordable options if you have a wireless-equipped laptop. Many of the larger hotels offer Internet services in their business centers, and many of Canada’s public libraries offer wireless service and/or computers with Internet access.


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