Canadian Area Codes & Rate Centers

Canadian area code rate centersThis Canadian Area Code Database provides a list of all active area codes, prefixes (NPA/NXX)* and Rate Center Names (a Rate Center is how the telecom industry identifies an exchange's service area). It includes the most accurate Time Zones and Daylight Saving Time information.

*NPA/NXX - NPA stands for Numbering Plan Area Code. It is simply the Area Code most are familiar with. The NXX stands for Exchange or Central Office Code. It is often referred to as an Area Codes prefix.

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  • Canadian Area Code

    All standard area codes are listed. Toll-free Area codes such as 800, 866, 877 and other specialty area codes are not included. The first digit is in the range of 2-9, the second digit can be a 0-8, and the third digit can be a 0-9.

  • Prefix

    The prefix (also called the Exchange or Central Office Code) is next. This is referred to as the ‘NXX’. The first digit is in the range of 2-9, the second and third digits can be a 0-9.

  • Rate Center Names

    This version includes an intuitive rate center name. Industry rate center names are limited to 10 characters therefore are heavily abbreviated and cryptic. We’ve translated as many as possible into a more meaningful label (35 characters), plus we use upper and lower case the names. This is ideal for using in telephony or call accounting reports.

  • Province Abbreviation

    This is the 2-character standard (Canada Post) province abbreviation. We also include a file called, ‘states.txt’ which will list the province name for each abbreviation.

  • Time Zone

    Canadian Time Zones are in a standard format which is the number of hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) which was formerly called Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Greenwich is where the Royal Observatory is located (Southeast London). West of UTC is negative and so all records have negative numbers. The zones range from -3:30 (Newfoundland Standard Time) to -8 (Pacific Standard Time).

  • Daylight Savings Flag

    If the area covered by this area code / prefix observes Daylight Saving Time, then the last field will be ‘Y’, otherwise ‘N.’

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