Only the individuals and entities that meet the requirements in the Canadian Presence Requirements can apply to CIRA to register .ca domain names, on a first-come, first-served basis. However, .ca domain names use the bundle approach. This means the registrant of a .ca domain name has exclusive rights to every variants of that particular domain name. For example, only the registrant of grace.ca has the rights to register grâce.ca, and vise versa.
Individuals and entities that meet the registration requirements include Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, aboriginal people indigenous to Canada, or legal representatives of Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Non-individual registrants include all other legal registrant types, such as corporations. Applican'ts must meet the Canadian Presence Requirements.
If you registered a .ca domain name with the University of British Columbia (UBC) registry before November 8, 2000, you satisfy the Canadian Presence Requirements, unless the UBC registrant for the domain name no longer exists or you transferred the domain name to another registrant.
CIRA periodically audits domain names to ensure they conform to eligibility requirements. If CIRA cannot confirm your eligibility status or you become ineligible to own a .ca domain name, CIRA might request information from your registrar to prove your eligibility. You must send us the requested information within the specified time frame to avoid deactivation of your .ca domain names. Do not send the information directly to CIRA.
You must include the type of registration for your company (e.g. LLC or INC) or you will receive a "Valid CIRA word required" error.
Your .ca registration is not complete until you accept the CIRA Registration Agreement and enter the Contact ID that we provide in the email message. If you do not complete the registration within seven days, CIRA deactivates your .ca domain name and we issue a refund.