I’m sorry. My phone numbering doesn’t fit into your poll.

The phone numbers in Canada are in the standard ten-digit North American format of +1 NPA NXX XXXX, where NPA is a three-digit area code.

Previously, the area code was optional, not to be dialled on local calls. However, most of the area codes in Canada are now in “overlay” areas, where more than one area code is active in the same area. As a result, we have to dial all ten digits of the phone number, including the area code, even on local calls.

Area codes where I am sitting right now, in the extended suburbs of Toronto, can be 289 or 905. Just over the hill, a five-minute drive away, is another area with codes 705 and 249. Many numbers in all four of these area codes are local to me. Thus, local numbers I dial can start with 2, 7, or 9.

Then there’s Toronto itself, 60 km away. It has two area codes, 416 and 647. People there can also call some 289 or 905 numbers locally. So they can call numbers starting with 2, 4, 6, or 9.

And they’re adding two more area codes to the region in 2013: 365 for the 'burbs and 437 for the city of Toronto. So then people will be able to dial numbers starting with 2, 3, 4, 6, or 9 locally from Toronto, and I’ll be able to call numbers starting with 2, 3, 7, or 9 (assuming I’m still here and haven’t died or moved to Hawaii or something).