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Country: Canada
Continent: North America
Capital: Ottawa
Location: 45°24'N -75°19'W



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Overview
IDN capable: Yes
Handle Updates: No
Registration Period: 1-10 years
Autorenew Grace Period: days
Deletion Timeframe: 2 days prior to expiration date
Registration System: Realtime
WHOIS-Server:
WHOIS-Update: Real-time
WHOIS-Privacy: No
Registry: Registry
Dispute Policy: Policy
DNSSEC: No


Contents

Zone Info

.CA is the official country code Top-Level-Domain (ccTLD) of Canada

Zone Use

.CA domain space should be developed as a key public resource for the social and economic development of all Canadians.

Characters

  • Minimum: 2
  • Maximum: 50
  • Letters and numbers
  • Hyphens ("-"), however not at the beginning or directly in front of the TLD

IDN Info

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.

Domain Registration

.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:

[COMMAND]
(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
                
EOF

Example ordering a .CA domain for companies:

[COMMAND]
(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
                
EOF


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Domain Modification

Trade

Registrant changes for .CA domains can be done online via api or webinterface.

[COMMAND]
(required)                
command         = ModifyDomain
domain          = yourdomain.ca
ownercontact0   = (CONTACT)
X-CA-LEGAL-TYPE = ....
X-CA-TRADEMARK  = 0|1
                
EOF

Domain Renewal

.CA domains can be renewed through the webinterface or with the corresponding API command.

[COMMAND]
(required)           
command    = RenewDomain
domain     = yourdomain.ca
period     = [renew period]
expiration = [current year of expiration | YYYY]
           
EOF

Deletion Process

.ca domains can be deleted online through the Delete Command.

[COMMAND]
(required)        
command = DeleteDomain
domain  = yourdomain.ca
        
EOF

Restrictions

  • 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.
  • The new authInfo is the authorization password consisting of a series of alphanumeric characters 6 - 16 characters long
  • Individual person's name must be associated with all contacts.

Transfers

.CA Transfers are possible.

Transfer Procedure

.CA Transfers can either be done through the RRPproxy WebInterface or API.

[COMMAND]
(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
                
EOF

Transfer notes

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.

Transfer Time

A transfer takes 7 days to complete.

Restores

Restores are possible in general. A restore can be requested via API command or via webinterface.

[COMMAND]
(required)        
command = restoredomain
domain  = yourdomain.ca
        
EOF

Please note: The restore request will be manually processed by our support team. You will be notified by email.


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