No idea if the SIM is included, but you should be able to get the device unlocked for free (if it is still Locked to a Canadian Carrier), since December 2017 all Canadian Carriers are unlocked.
Area Code? Guess it depends on the Dollar store SIM.
available at walmart and dollarama
with no SIM and using wifi only it was still receiving updates until the last one in december 2020
my note 8 has no SIM and it's unlocked.
now you got me worried with the shutdown and restart procedure you mentioned.....
will it reset it too? Can't lose apps/data
I'm not sure if @youandi06 was talking about a simple Reboot after inserting the SIM from a new / different Carrier than your Note had previously, or if they are thinking that with a new device, when you insert the SIM for the very first time, the newer devices automatically force a Factory Reset.
I can't remember which device it was, but I remember setting up a new device on WiFi, and then inserted the New SIM. Automatic Factory Reset on that device.
BUT, I don't think that a device that was previously activated with a SIM will force a Factory Reset.. If that was the case, it would be a real pain for people who travel, and insert a local SIM while they are in a different country etc.
You should still backup your Note, just in case... but I think that you should be fine.
Edit: it also says Android 10 and above. Here's the link: https://myaccount.luckymobile.ca/PrepaidActivationLogin?EXT=LUCKY_PDL_Google_kwid=p64770162440&gclid...