Who can register .ca domains?

Applicants must meet the Canadian Presence Requirements, and only the following individuals and entities can apply to the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) to register a .ca domain:

  • Canadian citizens
  • Permanent residents
  • Legal representatives
  • Corporations
  • Trusts
  • Partnerships
  • Associations
  • Trade unions
  • Political parties
  • Educational institutions
  • Libraries, archives, or museums
  • Hospitals
  • Her Majesty the Queen
  • Indian bands
  • Aboriginal Peoples
  • Governments
  • Trade-mark registered in Canada
  • Official marks

You can view a complete list and explanation for each individual or entity, as well as the CIRA Policies, Rules, and Procedures document at cira.ca/en/cat_Registrar.html.

If the domain name was registered in the University of British Columbia (UBC) registry before November 8, 2000, you satisfy the Canadian Presence Requirements unless the UBC registrant no longer exists or you transferred the domain to another registrant.

.ca domain names are registered on a first-come, first-served basis.

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