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Area code 249, along with area code 705, currently cover most of northeastern and central Ontario. The 249 area code is not one of the original area codes created back in 1947 with the implementation of the North American Numbering Plan that brought the concept of area codes in general to North America. It is, instead, a relatively new prefix, created in 2011 as an overlay code for an almost depleted 705 area code.


The geographical areas covered by the 249 area code is not as large as many in Canada, or even in Ontario, but they are a diverse set of communities that include the following towns, cities and villages:


  • Alliston
  • Angus
  • Barrie
  • Bobcaygeon
  • Bracebridge
  • Campbellford
  • Collingwood
  • Espanola
  • Fenton Falls
  • Greater Sudbury
  • Haliburton
  • Huntsville
  • Kapuskasing
  • Kirkland Lake
  • Lindsay
  • Mattawa
  • Midland
  • North Bay
  • Orillia
  • Parry Sound
  • Pefferlaw
  • Peterborough
  • Rosseau
  • Sault Ste. Marie
  • Stayner
  • Timmins
  • Temiskaming Shores
  • Udora
  • Wawa


To better understand what ‘being from the 249’ actually means, let’s take a look at some of its most notable communities.


Greater Sudbury – Greater Sudbury – or simply Sudbury as many locals refer to it, is the largest city in Northern Ontario, boasting a population of 161,531 according to the most recent census of 2016.


Greater Sudbury is a city that was founded on metal. Not literally of course, but it was the discovery of large deposits of nickel ore, accidentally unearthed as a railway was being built in 1883, that first attracted people to the area.


The nickel brought a lot to Sudbury. Improved railway systems and roads, affordable new housing and a slew of folks looking to make a fortune from mining. One of the prospectors even included Thomas Edison, who arrived in the area as a prospector in 1901 and is credited with the discovery of two of the largest pockets of ore in the region.


Mining still plays a very important part in this sector of the 249 area code but that is not all. The city of Greater Sudbury has two common nicknames; Nickel City and The City of Lakes. The latter is thanks to the 3,924.48 square km that make up the Greater Sudbury Metropolitan area, an area that is for the most part served exclusively by the 249 area code, there are no fewer than 330 lakes. This means tourism is a big player in the local economy, along with some innovative scientific and tech companies, as well as a growing presence of companies operating in the healthcare niche.


In fact, science even plays an important role in the city’s tourism presence. The Science North Complex is an exciting interactive science museum and Northern Ontario’s most popular tourist attraction. Every year more than 350,000 visitors make their way to the two snowflake shaped buildings by the lake to be informed and entertained.


Barrie – The city of Barrie is the largest in Central Ontario and rests on the picture-perfect shores of Kempenfelt Bay on the Western side of Lake Simcoe.


The city’s modern history really begins with the infamous War of 1812. It was established as a key point of supply for food, arms and sundries for the British Army. It gained its name after Sir Robert Barrie, a Naval commander who was at one point in charge of 80% of the military personnel based in the city.


After the war was over and the military presence left, Barrie took on a new historically important role, as a part of the Underground Railroad that allowed slaves from the United States to escape to a new life, leading to the foundation of Shanty Bay – now known as Oro-Medonte – north of the city, a place that is still held as one of great importance in African-American history.


The modern version of this part of the 249 area code is a hub of industry, especially in the financial sector, as well as something of a bedroom community for Toronto. It also boasts a still growing tourism presence, with people attracted to Barrie foe both its history and its beautiful waterfront.


What the 249 Area Code Means for Businesses


In many areas covered by the 249 area code the economy is growing and unemployment is low. New companies, unable to find the space to house themselves in Toronto, have expanded out to the regions covered by area code 249, so as such it’s an area code that is becoming synonymous with modern innovation as well as a glorious historical past.


The area code attached to a business telephone number has always been important. It’s considered to be as much of a geographical marker as a postal code. In a time when business branding is more important than ever before, for many companies having a number with a 249 area code can be an easy way to establish a trust and connection with the local community that can prove vital.


Enjoy the 249 Area Code from Anywhere


Did you know that you do not necessarily have to have a physical office in the area served by the 249 area code to get a 249 number? You don’t even need to have a home there. The local phone companies won’t tell you this of course, because it’s not a service that they offer, but if your business makes the switch to Digital Voice, a cloud based phone system, among many advantages is that you can choose the area code you wish to make use of, including area code 249.


The Advantages of Using the Internet to Power Your Communications.


Even in the very few years since the 249 area code was established, the way people and businesses communicate has changed significantly, especially when it comes to the way they communicate via phone.


Back in 2011, when area code 249 came into being, Digital Voice calling was still a relatively new idea, adopted by only the most forward thinking, tech savvy businesses. It has now become almost mainstream, as more and more people realized the advantages of setting themselves free from their local phone company.


If you haven’t made the move to the cloud yet you may still be wondering just what these advantages are. Here’s just a few of them, there are many more.


  • Choose your own phone numbers, including the area codes, allowing you to reach a local demographic without actually being there if needed.


  • Build your own unique business telephone system, adding only the lines and functions you need.


  • Expand your system with ease as your business grows. Adding lines and features is a matter of a few clicks, not hours spent waiting for a phone technician to arrive.


  • Enjoy easy, remote setup of your new business phone system in hours, not days.


  • Take advantage of affordable, clear-cut calling rates, even when dialing internationally.


  • Enjoy ease of maintenance, as all of the hardware powering the system is located at your Digital Voice provider’s location.


  • Offer your customers and clients a better experience when calling you, as calls can be routed far more efficiently and innovations like IVRs and auto attendants.


  • Offer your employees a better work environment, by simplifying and streamlining the way calls are handled.


  • Integrate other softwares and data based applications into your telephone system to streamline all the forms of communication you need to make use of, including email, text and instant messaging, audio-visual conferencing and more.


  • Control costs and monitor employee efficiency by integrating all communications into a single, easy to monitor dashboard that can be utilized by anyone with no special technical knowledge required.


  • Communicate easily on the go, forwarding the phone line at your desk is a matter of just a few clicks.


So, How Do I Get a Number with a 249 Area Code?


If you think that a 249 area code number could benefit your business, getting one is easier than you might think. At the moment you can choose the 249 area code numbers you want, along with an innovative new business telephone and communications system and have it up and running within a matter of hours. But this opportunity won’t be available forever.


The areas covered by the 249 code are expanding, both in terms of economy and population, and eventually the code will be overlaid again and 249 area code numbers will no longer be available. So, get ahead of the competition and claim your 249 area codes number today, before they do.