.ca

This article describes the procedures and requirements of .ca domain names.
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Successful domain registration via RCP or API requires:

  • Registrant contact containing:
    • a local presence (address) in Canada (no trustee service available)
      or
    • a valid trademark in Canada
      • Private individual: the owner, admin and tech handle must be the same.
      • Corporation: the legal form must be mentioned in the ownerhandle. (ltd, BV, GMBH)
  • Legal Type (selected in RCP or API)
  • Two or more nameservers or a nameserver group
  • Approving the confirmation email sent to the registrant from the .ca registry in 7 days.


The owner, administrative and technical contact must match the Canadian Presence Requirements (CPR)

After registering, the Registry (CIRA) will send a mail informing the registrant 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.

The following details are required:

    • Authorisationcode
    • Trademark (yes/no)
    • Type owner (Citizen/organisation/government)
    • Handle owner
      • a local presence (address) in Canada (no trustee service available)
        or
      • a valid trademark in Canada
        • Private individual: the owner, admin and tech handle must be the same.
        • Corporation: the legal form must be mentioned in the ownerhandle. (ltd, BV, GMBH)
    • 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.

Delete

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

  • restore / reactivation supported (manually via support department)
  • quarantine periods can be found under
    Detailed extension information > Technical information > Quarantine period

 

Registry
Technical information
  • DNSSEC support: no
  • Minimum length: 2 characters
  • 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.
    Note that the dates as shown in your Openprovider account are always leading, even if they do not match the renewal date offset mentioned here.
  • 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.
Restrictions
  • 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.
Policies
  • 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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