REGINA — Hold the phone — Saskatchewan is running out of 306 phone number blocks.
The Canadian Numbering Administrator, which assigns area codes, says the province is expected to exhaust its supply of telephone numbers by May 2013.
That means Saskatchewan will need to add a new area code.
SaskTel Minister Bill Boyd says it’s because of population growth and the fact that people now have numbers for multiple landlines or cellphones.
No decisions have yet been made on how the new area code will be implemented and options include a geographic split or a provincial overlay of the new code.
The new area code is still to be confirmed by regulators, but Boyd said it will be 474.