The CRTC said Thursday it has established an ad-hoc “relief planning committee” to address an impending shortage of available phone numbers in the 902 area code that serves in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The commission said in a release the Canadian Numbering Administrator (CNA), tasked with managing and assigning Canadian phone numbers, projects the 902 area code will run out of available phone numbers by April 2015. The relief committee will work under the industry-led CRTC Interconnection Steering Committee and will develop a plan to address the number shortage in accordance with Canadian numbering plan guidelines, which establish “a step-by-step process to be followed by the CNA and relief planning committees,” the commission said. The commission launched a notice of consultation inviting members of the public and the telecommunications industry to participate in the relief committee’s work. “The Commission notes that the 902 RPC may contemplate relief measures that would require some customers to change their telephone numbers,” the notice said. “The Commission therefore encourages members of the public to participate in the 902 RPC’s activities.” Information about the committee and its activities will be available on the CNA website, the commission said.