Regions surrounding Montreal will get a new area code in 2010 to meet a growing demand for new phone numbers.

Starting in August, 2010, a new 579 area code will be introduced in in the territory now served by the 450 code.

The 450 code covers Laval and the North Shore, the South Shore, Lanaudiere, Monteregie, parts of the Townships and Laurentians, and the Richelieu Valley.

The new codes will respond to high demand for wireless services, the Internet and IP telephony among consumers and businesses.