Canada’s Wireless Service Providers (WSPs) together with the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) offer Common Short Codes (CSCs) which may (subject to approval) be activated across WSPs’ networks. The CWTA has been assigned the role of administrator of the CSC registry on behalf of the industry. The CWTA - Canadian Common Short Code Application Guidelines document (see below for access links) describes the guidelines associated with the provisioning and operation of CSCs.
A new version of the Canadian Common Short Code Application Guidelines (version 3.1) can be accessed from:
The main updates in this version are summarized below:
13: Added section on Urgent Alerts to the General Public Alerts - The new section in IV.13 reflects today’s common practice, so no action should be required by any Content Providers.
11: Changed character limit from 136 to 160 - Revised applications will not be required to reflect the increased character limit. Content Providers may increase the length of their text messages up to 160 characters as they see fit (as long as the guidelines are being met and that the content reflects what is approved in the application form).