This is what I have been waiting for!
"Canada's 15-million mobile-phone subscribers will soon no longer face a major obstacle to abandoning a cellphone company: They'll be able to have the same telephone number with a different provider. The country's mobile operators have agreed to allow customers to retain numbers when changing networks within the same local calling area. The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association announced the agreement on number portability, which will also allow customers to keep the same phone number when transferring landline service to wireless or vice versa." from the The Calgary Sun: Cellphone numbers gaining mobility