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You may be confusing land line definitions of long distance with mobility ones. The only definitions I've found on the CRTC were wireline related, not mobility. Mobile service has what are called home networks / coverage areas. They are the coverage area for a subscriber where calls are deemed local. Even if they travel somewhere else in the country, their home network / coverage area will remain the same - the address where their service is registered.
204 is long distance to 778/604. The 204 person can make outbound local calls while in Vancouver but anyone calling 204 from the lower mainland will be calling long distance.
The local calling area does apply to wireless services.
Only real solution is getting the CRTC to change their definition of the local calling area to cover all of Canada and essentially remove long distance within our borders. It likely won't happen soon as I suspect the phone companies enjoy getting the extra income from long distance calls.
I've had unlimited Canada (and US) wide calling for years, so "long distance' isn't an issue for me. On some plans, I believe I've seen the difference between that and "local" for as little as $5 per month.