.ca

This article describes the procedures and requirements of .ca domain names.
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The owner, administrative and technical contact must match the Canadian Presence Requirements (CPR)

Successful domain registration via RCP or API requires:

  • Registrant contact containing:
    • a local presence (address) in Canada (no trustee service available)
      • The Registrant name must be the official name of the entity that will hold the domain name registration, without any abbreviations.
      • A Sole Proprietor should be registered under the legal type category of Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
    • The "state" field in all handles is mandatory
      • The document contains the valid state/province codes that you must use to register a .ca domain
        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 owner handle. (ltd, BV, GMBH). 
        Note: Without the legal form present in the name, the 'Corporation' legal type can't be selected.
  • Legal Type (selected in RCP or API)
  • Two or more nameservers or a nameserver group (Nameservers should have unique IP addresses)

 

After registering, the Registry (CIRA) will send a mail informing the registrant about the terms and conditions of the .ca domain name.

NOTE:
If in "additional data" (*.ca):

  • If legal type is set to >TRADEMARK<, then the owner contact must also contain the trademark number (TMAXXXXXX) within the company name field (e.g. company name: Company Name - TMA123456)
  • If legal type is set to >Canadian Citizen< or >Permanent Resident of Canada<, the owner and administrative contact needs to be same.

 

IMP.: Regarding Abuse Notifications from the Registry
If the registrant has received an email from CIRA notifying that the domain is identified as abusive and will be suspended, they can perform the verification directly at the Registry
Read more about it in this article.

Can be initiated from RCP and API
A successful transfer request is processed immediately by the registry and does not require approval from the losing registrar.

The following details are required:

    • Authorisation code
    • 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 owner handle. (ltd, BV, GMBH). 
          Note: Without the legal form present in the name, the 'Corporation' legal type can't be selected.
    • Handle administrative contact
    • Handle technical contact
    • Handle billing contact
    • Nameservers (Nameservers should have unique IP addresses)
Authorization code required yes
Method of confirmation authcode
Registration period after transfer extends
Average transfer time Realtime
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 in real time. It may take up to five minutes for the whois to update.

Other update

A change of contact details can be done by updating the associated handles in the control panel. After saving the changes, the domain name will be updated in real time.

It may take up to five minutes for the WHOIS to update.

Note: Nameservers should have unique IP addresses

Delete

Can be done via RCP or API

To delete domains immediately, please use skip_soft_quarantine=true in deletion request via REST API. In case of deletion request sent without flag 'skip_soft_quarantine=true', the domain will be kept in SoftQuarantine until expiration date+ soft quarantine period is over.

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: yes
  • Minimum length: 2 characters
  • Maximum length: 50 characters
  • Allowed characters: a-z 0-9 -
  • IDN characters: é, ë, ê, è, â, à, æ, ô, oe, ù, û, ü, ç, î, ï, and ÿ
  • Registration period: 1
  • 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.
  • For contacts located in Canada or the United States of America, the state parameter becomes mandatory.
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:


Due to the regular changes in registry rules and configuration or missing information from registry side, and despite our effort to keep our knowledge base up-to-date, information in the knowledge base may be outdated or incorrect. If you encounter some issue, please report it through the "HotJar" feedback collector on the bottom right, or (if it is blocked by your browser) by clicking the "Submit a request" link below. No rights can be derived from the information in this knowledge base. If there is discrepancy between the knowledge base and the process in Openprovider, the process in Openprovider is leading.

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