.CA represents the official domain extension or internet country code top-level domain of Canada. Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is the authorized governing body that carries out the registry and operation of this domain name.
Registration of a .CA domain name is subject to the following conditions:
According to the Canadian Internet Registration, one must be a Canadian Citizen, reside in Canada, or have an organization in Canada to qualify for a .ca domain name registration.
The following list of entities can be allowed to register a domain name in Canada.
Organizations in Canada
Educational institutions in Canada
Individuals with permanent residence in Canada
Government entity with ties in Canada
Businesses within Canada
If you are not part of the above categories, you cannot register for a .ca domain.
The registration of .ca domain names is currently done by CIRA (www.cira.ca), which is Canada's official registry for all things related to country-code TLDs (.ca, .ab.ca, .mb.ca, .nf.ca).
CIRA is affiliated with the United Nations to perform this role for Canada.
How do I get a .ca domain name?
To register a .ca domain name, follow the steps below.
Search for available domains from a reliable domain service provider.
Save the name somewhere.
Register the domain name by filling in your registration information. Ensure that you enter valid contact information.
Agree to the terms and conditions and complete the purchase.
Who controls the .ca domain names?
The .ca registry system is managed by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA). CIRA is an autonomous organization that manages and operates Canada's domain name registry system under contract from the Government of Canada.
What are the common second-level .ca domains?
The most common types of second-level .ca domains are:
.com.ca - The .com.ca domain is an open second-level domain that can attract Canadian customers and businesses.
.org.ca - The .org.ca domain is a reserved second-level domain intended for noncommercial organizations in Canada which are part of the global nonprofit community, except political parties and religious organizations.
.net.ca - The .net.ca domain is a reserved second-level domain intended for Internet service providers, similar to other country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs).
.ab.ca - If your first name or business name is 'A,' then you could register the .ab.ca domain for your website or business.
.bc.ca - The .bc.ca domain is intended for use by companies and individuals located in the Canadian province of British Columbia (B.C.).
.mb.ca - The .mb.ca domain can be registered by anyone with a valid M.B. address, including businesses and individuals.
.nb.ca - The .nb.ca domain is intended for people and businesses who reside in the Canadian province of New Brunswick (N.B.).
.nf.ca - You can use the .nf.ca domain to reach out to customers from Newfoundland and Labrador (Nfld.).
.nl.ca - The .nl.ca domain is intended for persons and businesses in Newfoundland (N.L.).
Why choose a .ca domain?
There are many benefits to registering a .ca domain. One reason would be because .ca is the country code for Canada, so if you want to have a Canadian presence, this is an excellent way to advertise.
Another reason is that it is easier for Canadians to find you if you have a .ca domain.
If you want to market your products and services in Canada, this is another good reason. Many Canadians use search engines to find products and services, many of which are listed on the Internet.
Registering a .ca domain will give you an edge over your competitors.