TLD Specifications

Registration Time
No - this domain name requires manual fulfilment which tends to take anywhere up to 72hrs to complete.
Registration period
1-10 years
Renewal period
1-10 years
Allowed character length
2 - 63 characters
Allowed characters
a-z, 0-9, - MUST NOT contain two consecutive hyphens in the third and fourth character positions and MUST NOT start or end with a hyphen.
TLD supports
Transfer locks possible
Renewal on transfer
Transfer time
Authcode length
6 - 16 characters
Handle updates
Preconfigured DNS
Allowed Nameservers
2 - 6
Local contact requirements
Owner contact required Admin contact required
Autorenew Grace Period
43 days
Deletion Timeframe
43 days after expiration date
Redemption Period
30 days
WHOIS Update

Domain Restrictions

  • The Owner and Admin-Contact must match the Canadian Presence Requirements (CPR).
  • For contacts located in Canada or the United States of America, the state parameter becomes mandatory.

IDN Information

  • It is now possible for French .ca domain names to be spelt with the language’s full range of characters and ligatures: é, ë, ê, è, â, à, æ, ô, œ, ù, û, ü, ç, î, ï, ÿ.
  • One of the most important developments by CIRA is the creation of a bundling policy that removes the necessity to register every special-character variant of an existing .ca domain. Whoever registers, or has already registered, a specific domain, is automatically granted an exclusive right to register all of its variants but is under no obligation to do so. For example, only the owner of cira.ca will have the right to register cïra.ca and cîra.ca. The owner contact has to be the same for all of the domains which belong to a bundle.
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