CIRA is the registry that manages the .CA country code top-level domain (ccTLD) on behalf of all Canadians. CIRA does not sell domain names directly to registrants, though—that is where a registrar comes in.
A registrar is a company that sells domain names and associated products and services like web hosting and supports registrants with setup, questions or issues they experience regarding these services.
There are currently over 180 .CA Certified Registrars that we work closely with to ensure the trusted management of the .CA domain.
Become a .CA Certified Registrar
Fill out a simple form to initiate a partnership with CIRA.
Benefits of becoming a .CA Certified Registrar
Grow your business
In an industry where many top-level domains (TLDs) are experiencing declining growth rates for Domains Under Management (DUM), CIRA is “bucking the trend” by growing .CA DUMs at a rate that exceeds industry averages. Partnering with CIRA means you’re working with a world-class registry with over 2.9 million domain names under management.
As we invest in marketing and grow the .CA namespace, your business grows along with us. The Canadian market is looking to get online, and their preference is to use .CA to show off their Canadian pride.
Receive leads through the .CA Marketplace
The .CA Marketplace, which can be found throughout CIRA’s website, allows users to query the .CA domain name database to find an available domain name uniquely suitable for their requirements and then view a list of .CA Certified Registrars that they can select from to register the domain.
Try out our .CA marketplace:
Participate in marketing programs
CIRA works with its registrars to assist them in growing their business while actively promoting .CA. Program variations include customized cooperative marketing funding programs, performance incentives and content collaboration.
Use innovative domain products
We use the expertise on our team to deliver a trusted resource to Canadians and build a better online Canada. CIRA is committed to innovating in the domain name space and keeping Canadians cyber-secure. Registrars can integrate .CA-related products such as:
- .CA Registry Lock
- Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs)
- D-Zone Anycast DNS
- D-Zone DNS Firewall
- Namespinning on your domain search tool
CIRA is committed to customer service excellence and open communication with our registrar partners. We share updates with our registrars through a weekly newsletter. Our friendly, bilingual staff is available Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. (EST) to respond to questions, provide assistance with technical issues and to educate registrars on .CA products and services. There is also an emergency after-hours service available.
All .CA Certified Registrars are billed at the same wholesale cost and without complex administration fees that other registries may charge. This pricing model helps you to offer competitive market prices.