.CA domain policies

.CA is the country code TLD for Canada and is regulated by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA).

.CA registration requirements and legal types

CIRA, the .CA domain registry, requires all .CA registrations to have a Canadian presence. To this end, .CA domain names can only be registered by individuals or organisations with a presence in Canada.

To register a .CA domain name you need to be a Canadian Citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, or an organisation in Canada such as a corporation, partnership, educational institution, or government entity with ties to Canada.

When you register your .CA domain name, you'll be asked to select a legal type that specifies what type of individual or organisation you are.

Note: if you are registering your .CA domain name as an individual, please enter your first name and last name in the organisation field of your domain registration records.

Below is a list of all available legal types:

  • Aboriginal Peoples (individuals or groups) indigenous to Canada
  • Canadian Educational Institution
  • Canadian Hospital
  • Canadian Library, Archive, or Museum
  • Canadian Political Party
  • Canadian Trade Union
  • Canadian Unincorporated Association
  • Canadian citizen
  • Corporation
  • Government or government entity in Canada
  • Her Majesty the Queen
  • Indian Band recognised by the Indian Act of Canada
  • Legal Representative of a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Official mark registered in Canada
  • Partnership Registered in Canada
  • Permanent Resident of Canada
  • Trademark registered in Canada (by a non-Canadian owner)
  • Trust established in Canada

More information on CIRA's Canadian Presence Requirements for Registrants can be found on the CIRA Registry's website.

Registrant contact information

As of March 6, 2014 at 23:00 EST, the following information must be provided for the Registrant contact (also known as the Owner contact) whenever a domain name is registered or updated.

Note: This does not affect renewals.

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Street address
  • City
  • Province/State (mandatory when Canada or US is selected, otherwise optional)
  • Country
  • Postal Code (mandatory when Canada or US is selected, otherwise optional)

Important: If you do not include all of the required information, orders and contact updates may fail.

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