.CA Domain FAQs


1) What is .ca?

.CA is the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Canada.

2) What is CIRA?

CIRA  stands for the Canadian Internet Registration Authority. It is a not-for-profit organization mandated by the Canadian government to operate the .ca top-level domain. CIRA was incorporated in 1998 to set policy for and operate the .ca domain.


3) Who can register for a .ca domain name and what are the special registration requirements/restrictions for .ca domain name?

CIRA has determined that the .ca domain space should be developed as a key public resource for the social and economic development of all Canadians. Accordingly, those registering a .ca domain name must meet certain Canadian Presence Requirements.

Canadian presence requirements are criteria that classify Registrants according to legal type (e.g., as a company or an individual). The legal type determines whether Registrants are eligible to register .ca domain names and ensures that you have a legal connection to Canada. CIRA requires you to establish Canadian presence requirements before granting you a .ca domain.

In order to register .ca domain, at least one legal type to meet CIRA’s Canadian presence requirements. The legal type categories are the following:

   1. Canadian citizen

   2. Permanent resident of Canada

   3. Legal representative of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident

   4. Corporation (Canada or Canadian province or territory)

   5. Trust established in Canada

   6. Partnership registered in Canada

   7. Canadian unincorporated association

   8. Canadian trade union

   9. Canadian political party

  10. Canadian educational institution

  11. Canadian library, archive or museum

  12. Canadian hospital

  13. Her Majesty the Queen

  14. Indian band recognized by the Indian Act of Canada

  15. Aboriginal Peoples (individuals and groups) indigenous to Canada

  16. Government or government entity in Canada

  17. Trade-mark registered in Canada (by a non-Canadian owner)

  18. Official marks registered in Canada


Please refer to the following articles for the common registration requirements.

Domain Name FAQs

Domain Name Extension with Limitation on Characters


4) What is the length for .ca domain name?

Minimum of 2 / maximum of 50 characters allowed.


5) What is the term of registration?

The term of registration is 1-10 years.


6) How do I perform a .ca domain registration?

You may submit your order for the domain name registration here.


7) Can I delete a domain after registered?

No, you are not allowed to delete the domain name after its registered; the registration fee is non-refundable. You shall be the owner of the domain for the fiscal year.


8) What is the term of renewal?

The term of renewal is 1-10 years.


9) What is the renewal grace period for .ca domain name and how do I perform a domain renewal?

Renewal grace period for .ca domain name is 30 days; you may renew your domain name by logging in to our Exabytes Client Billing System. For further details, please click here.

 You may refer to Domain Renewal FAQs for more information.


10) Any Redemption Grace Period (RGP) for .ca domain name?

Yes, Redemption Grace Period for .ca domain name is a period of 30 days. Kindly refer to Domain Redemption FAQs for more information.


11) How long does it takes for a domain to release to public registration after expired and not renew?

After a .us domain was expired, it will go through below life cycle:-

40 days renewal grace period -- > 30 days Redemption grace period --> 5 days pending delete

If you did not renew or restore the domain name, it will be release for public re-registration approximately 75 days from the domain expiration date. Please note that domain re-registration is on first-come, first-served basis.


12) Can I initiate a registrar transfer for .ca domain name and how do I initiate the transfer?

Yes, you are allowed to initiate registrar transfer for .us domain name. Please note that domain will be extended for 1 year after completion.

You may refer to Transfer Domain to Exabytes for more information.


13) Does Exabytes provide Internationalized Domain name (IDN) for .ca?

No, Exabytes does not provide IDN.ca domain name at this moment.

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