This article describes the procedures and requirements of .ca domain names.
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To register a .ca domainname a local presence is required. The owner, administrative and technical contact must match the Canadian Presence Requirements (CPR).

If the registrant is a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident of Canada, the owner and administrative contact must match.

If the registrant is a Corporation then the legal form must be mentioned in the name supplied as the owner contact.

After registering CIRA will send you a mail informing you to read and agree to the terms and conditions of the .ca domainname. Make sure to accept these terms within seven days of registering. Failure to accept the terms and conditions will result in the domain name being cancelled without a refund.
A transfer can be started by our support team.

Additional notes on a .ca transfer

They will need the following information:

    • Authorisationcode


    • Trademark (yes/no)


    • Type owner (Citizen/organisation/government)


    • Handle owner


    • Handle administrative contact


    • Handle technical contact


    • Handle billing contact


    • Nameservers



Once the transfer has been started the domain name will automatically transfer after 7 days.





Authorization code required yes
Method of confirmation authcode
Registration period after transfer extends
Average transfer time max 7 days
Advanced and simple transfers available Contact our Sales department to check if easy transfer of 100 or more .ca domains is available.

Owner change (trade)

A change of ownership can be done by replacing the owner contact in the control panel. After saving the changes the change is processed realtime. It may take up to five minutes for the whois to update.

Other update

A change of contactdetails can be done by updating the associated handles in the control panel. After saving the changes the domainname will be updated realtime. It may take up to five minutes for the whois to update.


To cancel a .ca you will have to disable the autorenew. It is not possible to explicitly delete a .ca domainname during the current active period.

Restore / reactivate

A domain can be restored using a restore domain command at the supplier. The domain can be renewed for 30 days after expiring.
Technical information
  • DNSSEC support: no
  • Minimum length: 2characters
  • Maximum length: 50 characters
  • Allowed characters: a-z 0-9 -
  • IDN characters: n/a
  • Registration period: 1-10 years
  • Renewal date offset: 0 days
    The number of days before the registry's expiration date, that Openprovider requires the domain to be renewed or expired. More info.
  • Soft quarantine period: 40 days
    During this period, following after an expiration, the domain can be restored for free. This period does not apply if the domain is deleted explicitly. More info.
  • Quarantine period: 28 days
    During this period, an expired or deleted domain name can be reactivated at an additional fee.
  • Local presence required? yes
  • Does Openprovider provide local presence services? no
  • Local activity required? no
  • Correct nameserver configuration required? no
  • Local address of the domain owner is required.
  • Local address of the domain administrator is required.
  • Company number (companies) or Identity Card number (individuals) is required.
  • http://cira.ca/my-ca/registrant-policies/
Registration agreement The registry requires that a registration agreement is in place between the provider and the domain holder. The text of this registration agreement and any required supplements is the following:
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