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CA Domain Information

1-What is a CA domain name?
2-How do I get a CA domain name?
3-How do I know if the CA domain name I want is available?
4-Who can register CA Domain Name?
5-Can anything be registered as a domain name?
6-Can't I just register with CIRA (.ca names)?
7-How many .ca domain names can an organization or individual register?
8-To whom will a domain name be registered if there are two request for the sames name?
9-Why can’t I register 3rd and 4th level domain names?
10-How are domain name requests approved?

 

What is a CA domain name?
A domain is a name is a like "pets.com", "poll.net", "charity.org", or "canada.ca". It is made up of two parts, the base name and the extension. The extension can be the famous ".com." , ".net", or ".org" or a country extension like ".ca" or ".uk". The domain names act as a way to point to a website, used for email, and can be used for many other purposes. 

You can compare a domain name with a toll-free phone number. From anywhere around the world, when someone dials your number (your domain name). The phone rings, and you answer (your website is shown). Then a dialog between the two is engaged (the visitor clicking links and looking through sections), until the line is closed (the visitor closes his browser). The different extensions (.ca, .com, .net, etc) can be compared to the different toll-free numbers, like 1-800, 1-877 or 1-888.

How do I get a CA domain name?

Our on-line application make registering a domain name very simple and quick. Type in the name that you want to register, create a new profile, 3 security questions and password.

Click here to start the registration process now!

 
How do I know if the domain name I want is available?
ZiD.com maintains a "WHOIS" look-up system on this site where applicants can query the .ca database to determine if a specific domain name is available. This whois is free.
Who can register a CA domain name?

In order to register a domain name, you have to satisfy the Canadian Presence Requirements for Registrants. Basicaly you have to be one of the following:

  • Canadian citizen. (A canadian citizen at legal age of maturity according to their provincial laws).
  • A permanent resident as defined in the Immigration Act (Canada) R.S.C. 1985, c.I-2.
  • An executor, administrator or other legal representative of one of the above 2.
  • A corporation under the laws of Canada or any province or territory of Canada.
  • A trust established and subsisting under the laws of a province or territory of Canada.
  • A partnership which is registered as a partnership under the laws of any province or territory of Canada.
  • An unincorporated organization, association or club.
  • Canadian Presence Requirements for Registrants
Can anything be registered as a domain name? (for .ca domain names)

 

No. Applications for the registration of domain names will only be accepted if they are admissible domain names in accordance with CIRA's CIRA's Policies, Rules and Procedures which are resumed here:

  • Acceptable Characters: letters from a to z. (No accent of any kind is accepted. Domain names are not case sensitives, which means A = a). Numbers from 0 to 9. The Hyphen ( - ) character (it cannot be used at the end or beginning of the domain name)
  • Lenght: A domain name can have a lenght of anything between two (2) and sixty-three (63) characters.
  • Reserved Names: CIRA does not allow the following to be registered as a domain name under normal circumstances:
    (a) village.ca, hamlet.ca, town.ca, city.ca and ville.ca.
    (b) Any existing top level domain name (.com.ca, .net.ca, .org.ca, etc)
    (c) CIRA also reserves the right to refuse registration of any domain name they think is unacceptable under their own discretion
Can't I just register with CIRA (.ca names)?
No. CIRA does not accept registration, nor do they supply support for domain name owners. In order to register a domain name, to change information in that domain name or to get support about domain names, you will have to contact your Certified Registrars, like ZiD.com.
 
How many .ca domain names can an organization or individual register?
Any qualifying individual or organization can register an unlimited number of .ca domain names.
 
To whom will a domain name be registered, if there are two requests for the same domain name?
ca domain names will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis, provided that the applicant meet all the conditions for registration as well as CIRA's rules and procedures.
Why can’t I register 3rd and 4th level domain names?
CIRA has found that there is very little market demand for 3rd and 4th level domain names. For example, last year 3rd and 4th level domain names represented less than 0.68 per cent of total new domain name registrations. Allowing new 3rd and 4th level domain names requires that CIRA continue to support the “Registration of Conflicting Domain Names” policy. This policy, which provides a mechanism for requesting 2nd level domain names when they exist at the 3 rd level, is complicated and expensive to support, both for CIRA and Registrars. It was decided by CIRA, in consultation with its Registrars, that it was not worth building the technical infrastructure to support new 3rd and 4th level domain names. Please note that CIRA will grandfather and continue to support existing 3 rd and 4 th level domain names. Existing 3rd and 4th level domain names will continue to be registered until they are deleted by the Registrant. CIRA will also continue to support existing and new 4 th level municipal domain names as these involve a manual process for CIRA and its Registrars.
 
How are domain name requests approved?
ZiD.com sends requests to CIRA, which processes and validates each completed request for registration of a domain name made by ZiD on behalf of a registrant (you) in accordance with CIRA's Policies, Rules and Proceduress in force at the time of the receipt of the completed application. Domain name requests are approved through CIRA’s system on a first-come, first-served basis.
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