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|Registration Period:||1-10 years|
|Autorenew Grace Period:||0 days|
|Deletion Timeframe:||2 days prior to expiration date|
.CA is the official country code Top-Level-Domain (ccTLD) of Canada
.CA domain space should be developed as a key public resource for the social and economic development of all Canadians.
- Minimum: 2
- Maximum: 50
- Letters and numbers
- Hyphens ("-"), however not at the beginning or directly in front of the TLD
It is now possible for French .CA domain names to be spelled with the language’s full range of characters and ligatures: é, ë, ê, è, â, à, æ, ô, œ, ù, û, ü, ç, î, ï, ÿ.
One of the most important developments by CIRA is the creation of a bundling policy that removes the necessity to register every special-character variant of an existing .CA domain. Whoever registers, or has already registered, a specific domain, is automatically granted an exclusive right to register all of its variants, but is under no obligation to do so. For example, only the owner of cira.ca will have the right to register cïra.ca and cîra.ca.
The ownercontact has to be the same for all of the domains which belong to a bundle.
.CA domains can be registered online through webinterface or API.
The Ownercontact and Admincontact must match the Canadian Presence Requirements (CPR).
Please send the following extension(s) along with the AddDomain command:
- X-CA-LEGAL-TYPE (mandatory)
The following values are possible: ABO Aboriginal Peoples indigenous to Canada ASS Canadian Unincorporated Association CCO Corporation (Canada or Canadian province or territory) CCT Canadian citizen EDU Canadian Educational Institution GOV Government or government entity in Canada HOP Canadian Hospital INB Indian Band recognized by the Indian Act of Canada LAM Canadian Library, Archive or Museum LGR Legal Rep. of a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident MAJ Her Majesty the Queen OMK Official mark registered in Canada PLT Canadian Political Party PRT Partnership Registered in Canada RES Permanent Resident of Canada TDM Trade-mark registered in Canada (by a non-Canadian owner) TRD Canadian Trade Union TRS Trust established in Canada
Please note the following important rules for .CA contact informations:
- If >>X-CA-LEGAL-TYPE<< is set to >>CCT<< or >>RES<< then the owner contact and admin contact need to be the same.
- If >>X-CA-LEGAL-TYPE<< is set to >>TDM<< then the owner contact must also contain the trademark number within the organization value (organization: Organization name - Trademark)
- If >>X-CA-LEGAL-TYPE<< is set to >>CCO<< then the owner contact organization name must contain one of the following words or combination of words:
(nfp) (nfp/osbl) (osbl) (osbl/nfp) bank banque caisse de credit caisse d'economie caisse d'epargne caisse populaire compagnie company coop cooperation cooperative cooprix corp corp. corporation credit union federation de societes mutuelles d'assurance federation of mutual insurance associations fideicommis fiducie inc inc. incorporated incorpore limited limitee ltd ltd. lte lte. ltee ltee. mutual benefit association mutual insurance association s.a. s.a.r.f. s.c.c. savings union societe commerciale canadienne societe de fiducie societe de secours mutuels societe d'entraide economique societe d'epargne societe mutuelle d'assurance societe par actions trust
- X-CA-TRADEMARK (optional, default='0') - Domain name is a registered trademark. Possible values could be "0 | 1"
Example ordering a .CA domain for private person:
(required) command = AddDomain domain = example.ca ownercontact0 = P-ABC123 admincontact0 = P-ABC123 techcontact0 = P-ABC123 billingcontact0 = P-ABC123 NAMESERVER0 = ns1.nameserver.net NAMESERVER1 = ns2.nameserver.net period = X X-CA-LEGAL-TYPE = CCT
Example ordering a .CA domain for companies:
(required) command = AddDomain domain = example.ca ownercontact0 = P-ABC123 admincontact0 = P-ABC123 techcontact0 = P-ABC123 billingcontact0 = P-ABC123 NAMESERVER0 = ns1.nameserver.net NAMESERVER1 = ns2.nameserver.net period = X X-CA-LEGAL-TYPE = CCO
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Registrant changes for .CA domains can be done online via api or webinterface.
(required) command = TradeDomain domain = xxxx.ca ownercontact0 = .... admincontact0 = .... techcontact0 = .... billingcontact0 = .... X-CA-LEGAL-TYPE = .... X-CA-TRADEMARK = 0|1
.CA domains can be renewed through the webinterface or with the corresponding API command.
(required) command = RenewDomain domain = yourdomain.ca period = [renew period] expiration = [current year of expiration | YYYY]
A .CA domains can not be deleted explicitly, they have to expire by using the „AUTOEXPIRE“-Option. There is no explicit "DeleteDomain" command.
- The Ownercontact and Admincontact must match the Canadian Presence Requirements (CPR).
Please see http://cira.ca/assets/Documents/Legal/Registrants/CPR.pdf
- A maximum number of 6 nameservers may be specified.
.CA Transfers are possible.
.CA Transfers can either be done through the RRPproxy WebInterface or API.
(required) command = TransferDomain domain = domain.ca action = request auth = .... ownercontact0 = .... admincontact0 = .... techcontact0 = .... X-CA-LEGAL-TYPE = ... X-CA-TRADEMARK = 0 / 1 | only if X-CA-LEGAL-TYPE = TDM
The following rules and procedures must be followed on all Change of Registrar Requests:
- The transfer has to be initiated with an authcode.
- Ensure that your respective domain does not have a lock-status (REGISTRAR-LOCK or HOLD). If the domain is locked, then the owner can demand that the domain will be unlocked.
A transfer takes 7.0 days to complete.
Restores are possible in general. A restore can be requested via API command or via webinterface.
(required) command = restoredomain domain = yourdomain.ca
Please note: The restore request will be manually processed by our support team. You will be notified by email.