Many payphones in urban centres accept credit cards, but some are coin-only.
A toll-free number has the area code 800, 888, 877 or 866.
The area codes 900 and 976 are assigned to service providers which charge an additional fee for their services, either on a per-minute or per-call basis.
Please note that calls must be of an urgent nature, such as: if you have witnessed a crime that has just occurred or is still in progress; if you see an uncontrolled fire; if medical help is immediately required; if someone is trapped, drowning or taken a serious fall (think life and limb); if something catastrophic has occurred that has the to obtain information, to make a complaint, to report a power outage, or for highway or weather information.
911 is Canada's equivalent of 999 in the UK, 112 in the European Union, and 000 in Australia.
Calls to other international destinations are preceded by 011, followed by the country code, then followed by the full phone number (including city or area code, where applicable).
The exception, of course, is when a toll-free call is made.These are generally for businesses or government services. The cost of local phone calls in Canada from traditional land-line phones (not from mobile/cell phones) is included in the monthly fee for the phone line - there are no additional charges per minute.The "local free calling area" usually includes the city where you are calling from and surrounding communities.(On the rare occassion - often at an out-of the-way location - you may encounter a dial phone rather than keypad) For the vast majority of phones, all keys have letters of the alphabet associated with them, except for 1, 0, * and #.These letters can be useful when negotiating an automated telephone attendant.Telephones in Canada work exactly like telephones in the USA, and similarly to Euopean phones.