The 514 and 438 area codes are getting a new sibling. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has officially approved the distribution of the brand-new 263 area code in the Montreal area.
First announced in 2020, the plan to implement a new area code follows a forecast showing the 514 and 438 codes becoming exhausted by February 2024.
The 263 will be what's called an "overlay area code," meaning it will be used in addition to 514 and 438.
According to the CRTC, "An overlay area code does not necessitate changes to telephone numbers, as was the case with some methods used in the past," so you won't be forced to change your phone number.
The Commission plans to introduce the 263 area code on October 22, 2022.
Are you excited about the new Montreal area code – or worried about someday being boxed out of 514's old-school charm?
According to Kelly Walsh, program manager for the Canadian Numbering Administrator (CNA) – which oversees phone number distribution – there are nearly 8 million numbers in an area code.
It's highly unlikely, but you might even be able to get one of the few remaining 514 numbers that are kicking around. And phone companies will sometimes recycle disused numbers, which could free up some 514 numbers.
"You could get one, but it's very, very unlikely," noted Walsh.
The CNA says all possible combinations of the next three digits that follow the 514 area code have already been assigned — which explains why the area code is being retired.
Montreal's new 238 area code will be Canada's 47th unique area code.
In a news release, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said the new three-digit prefix was necessary to relieve the two existing codes, which were on track to exhaust by 2024.
So what are your chances of nabbing a 514 area code?
Well, it's hard to say exactly, according to Kelly Walsh, program manager for the Canadian Numbering Administrator (CNA), the entity that manages telephone number distribution.
"A telephone number is a 10-digit number. The first three are the area code. The second three are what we call the central office code or the CO code. And then the last four is the line number," Walsh explained.
"What gets assigned are the central office codes, and there are approximately 790 central office codes in every area code."
"If you break that down to each one of those CO codes having about 10,000 numbers, there's about 7.9 million numbers in an area code."
The CNA is responsible for distributing CO codes to telephone companies. Those companies then provide customers with line numbers, the last four digits, according to their own systems.
The CNA also offers forecasts on phone number inventories.
"We do this at a minimum annually, and all the TSPs [telecommunications service providers] in any given — what we call an 'area code complex' — give in their forecast for the next six years. And then we use an approved methodology to predict it out to 20 years," Walsh explained.
"We determine when a particular complex is going to exhaust based on the numbers that they say they're going to ask for."
Area code assignment, meanwhile, actually follows a continent-wide scheme — the North American Number Plan.
"There are 20 countries that are a part of that," Walsh said. "There are a bunch of Caribbean ones who only have one area code. Canada and the United States obviously are the largest consumers of codes."
"Canada requested at some point a bunch of numbers in there, and we have what are called a reservation pool for geographic area codes."
That includes the Montreal area's new 263 sequence, which, Walsh said, will be Canada's 47th area code.
But those assignments aren't random.
Walsh explained that the Canadian Steering Committee on Numbering looks at this pool and analyzes which codes would be the best fit for a particular area that needs relief.
"There are some restrictions on the numbers," he said. For example, "You don't want numbers that are too alike within a complex."
As for numbers left in the 514 area code, Walsh confirmed that all its CO codes — the middle three digits — have been assigned.
Meanwhile, there were 268 CO codes still available for Montreal's other existing area code, 438.
But that doesn't mean you won't be able to get a 514 number.
Service providers with CO codes could still assign line numbers to create a new 514 number.
Companies can also recycle phone numbers once their original holders give them up.
So, yes, there are still 514 numbers for grabs out there. But Walsh suggested you shouldn't hold your breath.
"You could get one, but it's very, very unlikely."
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As far as local goes, 514 Cannabis is about as local as it gets. Grown at a state-of-the-art vertical farm in Anjou, the company's first product, "Saint-Henri Kush," aims to capture the vibrant spirit of its namesake.
Soon expanding to other neighbourhoods and provinces, the "Saint-Henri Kush" is only one of a planned range of products, including the "Vieux-Port Hash" and vape pens.
"We're slowly expanding the company and we have some arrangements with four small local boutique growers in Quebec to grow and package their products," said Goulakos.
"Eventually we'll have 'Les Amis de 514' products to feature local craftspeople and we'll talk about your history and your area, how it supports the 514."
While it has a potent THC content, one of the most important aspects of 514 Cannabis is its focus on developing high-quality terpenes.
Simply enough, a terpene is where the unique smell and flavour of cannabis comes from. Think of them as the essential oils of weed.
"It's a hybrid with an Indica base," explained Goulakos. "Our real knowledgeable customers really understand this terpene thing — it's like drinking fine wine. We'll have the terpenes listed on the bag so you always know what you're getting."
"Our role is to educate the consumer so they'll know what to look for when they go to the SQDC."
When love is in the air of Montreal the real one way to win a girls heart is through her stomach! Honestly, it isn't too hard to do so since our city is FILLED with amazing restaurants. So, if the first date went well, seal the deal with a second date at one of the restaurants below!
To help you guys out a little, I made this list that composes of restaurants whose food will 514% steal your girls heart! The list has a large variety or restaurants that range from sushi to Greek food so choose wisely according to your future GF's or BF's preferences!
HVOR is one of Montreal’s best-rated restaurants! Not only is the food amazing, but it is stunning and it is the perfect location for "the one" to enjoy some gourmet food. The ambience is very modern and classy so it’s a great location to make the final move in your relationship.
For the perfect mixture of Greek and Mediterranean food, then Ikanos is the place to be! It is absolutely delicious and they have so many different options that you will spend 30 minutes just looking at the metro! So don’t be shy to try some new things and order a bunch of options to make your second date something extra special.
For an ambience that is rustic, contemporary, and romantic then this is the place for you! They also specialise in french cuisine, but they add a vintage twist on it which makes it perfect for a simple secon date in MTL.
ChuChai is a great vegetarian restaurant that serves delicious foods that also promote vegan delights. Not only s this restaurant charming AF, their dishes are great even if you aren’t a vegetarian. This is a great place for you both to try something new on a second date.
This Ahuntsic restaurant is classy and honestly delicious! They offer upscale dishes that pair perfectly with your reds and white wines! This is honestly a perfect location for a first date and to really impress that special someone. You can stuff your faces and break the ice over some wine!
You need to take "the one" here for a great time! To really make your date fall in love, I suggest bringing them here for classic, southern comfort food but in an upscale way! This is a great way to show her how fancy you can be but how warm hearted and down to earth you are as well!
For some delicious seafood options – such as platters, shrimp, oysters, lobsters, crabs, and scallop, I suggest checking out Maestro S.V.P. It is the perfect location where you and your special someone can dress up and enjoy some lovely seafood.
Joe Beef is known to be one of Montreal's culinary gems! This is perfect for a first date since the atmosphere is super chill while the dishes are out of this world! So, you don't have to eat fancy to dine as a king and queen! Everything is fresh and prepared by experts.
Headed by chef Jérôme Ferrer, Europea offers a French dining experience that is truly like no other. Their signature 12-course tasting menu is $120 of pure lovely food. This is a prefect location to pretend like you are in Paris on your date with that special someone of yours.
For some really fresh and local ingredients, Les Coups 400 is definitely the place to be! They offer St-Pierre Lake catfish, rabbit from Besnier Farm, and duck magret from La Canardière Farm. You can order a five-course tasting menu for $75 (an extra $45 for wine pairings)! You and your date will be falling in love with.. THE FOOD!
Le Passé Composé is a classy brunch restaurant that will utterly shock your date! Their breakfast food is far from typical. They offer great mixes of bagels and fried eggs that will make both your mouths water.
For a chic and classy time at an extraordinary wine and dine restaurant, I recommend taking your date to Tandem. This lovely restaurant is perfect for a sweet and simple first date that you can both enjoy. I mean doesn't the food look just amazing?
For some delicious white wine and some fabulous food as you eat under the lights, I recommend looking into Jatoba. Jatoba has a gorgeous garden terrasse where you can enjoy inspired classic Japanese and Chinese dishes made by their chef, Olivier Vigneault.
For an upscale dinner date with divine French cuisine, I suggest going to this BYOW restaurant! Your date will be absolutely shocked and swept off her feet with the gourmet food and delightful wine. This is the place to be when you know you want this to be the one!
Auberge Saint-Gabriel is known for serving divine Québécois cuisine. Veal cheek braised in Porto ($34), squid ink ravioli ($29), suckling pig from straight from a farm in Quebec City ($49), and trout confit ($14) are some of their specialties that will have your wallet crying but your date falling in love.
For a truly elegant dinner, I recommend checking out La Chronique’s! Their menu offers a variety of classic French dishes. You can expect to spend about $90 - $150 with wine pairings. You have many options to choose from but by the end of the night your date will be choosing you!
This restaurant happens to one of the more affordable options on the list. You will be spending around $30 for a main dish. Or you could get a 4-course tasting menu for 75$. They specialize in marinated leeks, mozzarella di buffala, roast duck with beetroot puree, and rôti de porc au lait.
A Turkish company has invented a machine that recycles plastic AND feeds stray animals. 'Pugedon' is it's name, and it's pretty freaking awesome! This machine is making its way around Europe and Montreal seriously needs to invest in one.
European countries are known to have many stray dogs and cats roaming the streets of their cities. Istanbul is no exception, with an estimated number of over 100,000 stray dogs.
Pugedon takes in plastic bottles to be recycled and in exchange, the machine dispenses enough food for one stray animal. Pugedon is capable of feeding both cats and dogs. There is also an empty bowl for you to fill up with your extra water before recycling your bottle. This machine encourages citizens to recycle, and prolongs the lives of stray or abandonned animals who usually rely on the city's residents for food.
Here are 5 reasons why Montreal should get Pugedon machines:
1. Prolongs the lives of stray animals
If Montreal and its boroughs invested in Pugedon machines it would help to prolong the lives of stray animals. Many stray, lost or abandoned animals suffer from malnutrition or dehydration before someone finds them and brings them in to a shelter, sometimes they don't make it at all.
2. Help for animal shelters
Pugedon could possibly help the animal shelters who need funding for food to feed stray dogs and cats. If one of these machines were included in animal shelters it would be beneficial as the company could recycle, while being able to feed animals they take in.
3. More recycling
Even where there are recycling stations in Montreal, people still throw their plastic in the trash. Pugedon would encourage recycling and keep plastic out of the trash, giving Montrealers a better reason to recycle while saving animals. Lets not forget that un-recycled plastic ends up in landfills and can take up to 1000 years to decompose!
4. Quebec has more stray animals than you think
In 2014 the SPCA took in close to 15,000 abandoned animals in Quebec alone and 13,000 of them were dogs and cats. Every month the SPCA takes in about 600 abandoned pets in Quebec. These numbers can double or even triple in the month of July (around moving day).
5. Because why not ?
Montreal has tons of places to help feed the homeless, so why not help feed homeless animals? If Pugedon can help us save the environment and stray animals, then why not?