By Franco
July 2011

I was interviewed by Global News on July 22, 2011 in order for them to get a numerological perspective on Toronto’s new area code: 437. As our city grows, there is a greater need for phones, faxes and mobile numbers, therefore the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) decided to create a new area code.

Numerology is an ancient occult (hidden) art for understanding our world by getting hidden meanings from numbers associated with people or other mundane facets of life. The ancient Greeks, Hebrews, Chinese and Babylonians all practiced numerology. In personal numerology, the person’s birthday and name can be reduced to the numbers 1 through 9. Zero was not understood until much later in the Current Era and has been introduced to numerology but as a secondary factor.

Let us examine the numerological meaning of Toronto’s area codes by starting with the original area code for the city.


4+1+6 = 11 -> 1 + 1 = 2
If we look at the main number, Toronto’s current area code is 11/2. 11 is a master number and that number can stand alone. (Other master numbers are 22, 33). This number is about master illumination, it has a higher level of creativity, intuition and understanding. It also comes with high strung energy. Many individuals with this number cannot handle the energy and revert to the more basic number 2.

The 2 is a number of balance and harmony. It is a number which comes with understanding the other person which is appropriate for such a multi-cultural centre. The word Toronto is a Huron word, meaning the meeting place.

If we look at the individual factors of the area code, the 4 is a number of order, structure and limits. Keep in mind that even in the 1990’s, bars were still closing at 1 am. With 4 as the first number it does bring forth a sense of conservatism. The 1 is the individual, pioneering, leading factor which helped this city to grow so quickly. The 1 can be aggressive which can be overbearing to none-city people. The 6 is for love, creativity and responsibility and exemplified by the fact that as a big metropolis we have less crime that even smaller American cities. The 6 has to watch that it does not become a doormat for all those that surround it. However, with the 1 beside the 6, it will help against that happening.


6+4+7 = 17 = 8
Unlike the 11 in 416, this number is fully reduced to a single digit. The number 8 is the number of business and commerce. It is a highly organised number and brings the energy of 2 x 4 to the table getting two organisations working and communicating together resulting in enterprising energy.

Like the original area code we brought forth the 4 and the 6 but now introduced the 7, the number of the hermit, researcher, teacher and priest/priestess. This number has higher values and is not interest in mundane trivialities but focuses on the bigger picture. The 17 sub-value does give the directed use of the researching energy. This number is appropriate for the country’s economic engine.

Enter 437

4+3+7 = 14 = 5
The 5 energy is that of creative freedom! Liberated free to do what it wants in full creativity. It is a number of creative endeavours and is lots of fun. It can be the number of excess and overdoing it with booze and drugs but with the sub-influences of the 4 and 7, I can’t imagine that we are going to get out of hand too much. The other number which has entered this picture is the joy of life number, 3. The 3 is a number for socialising and communicating. Watch Toronto grow in its endeavours with the addition of this number.

The other city with a 5 area code, albeit the original area code, is that of New York City, 212. Are we going to be Manhattan north? We have already been moving that way with all our restaurants and theatres. Can we shake the conservative 4 to be The City that Never Sleeps North?

Final Count?

If we add all the numbers together 4 + 1 + 6 + 6 + 4 + 7 + 4 + 3 + 7 = 42 -> 4 + 2 = 6. 42, from the Douglas Adams books Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe, is “the meaning of life, the universe and everything”. Hmmm? Nevertheless, that reduces down to a 6: love, responsibility and creativity. So I guess we can still be Toronto the good!