Register your .CA
Purchasing a .CA domain name is quick and easy. Keep these helpful tips in mind throughout the registration process.
Search for your perfect .CA domain name
You can find out if a domain name is available by searching at the top of this page. If it's not available, try selecting a suggested alternative that appears, or search again.
Bringing your business online
If you’re still stuck, our free guide, Bringing your business online: How to choose a domain name and more, provides some more in-depth information about domain names and helps guide you through the registration process.
What is a registrar?
Although CIRA manages the .CA registry, domain names are purchased through registrars (view a full list of .CA Certified Registrars). Your registrar is your main point of contact for any domain issues or questions.
You can also purchase a .CA through a reseller, an official agent of a registrar. Many DIY website builders operate as domain resellers. This doesn't have much impact on you, but CIRA may have a different company on file as the official registrar.
Tips for choosing a registrar
1. Determine which services you require
You may want services like email hosting or support offered in French, so find out what each registrar offers. Remember, if you registered your .CA domain name as an individual you have free WHOIS privacy protection already included.
2. Shop around
Shop around to get a good understanding of how much your domain name, and additional services, will cost. Registrars may offer bundles, packages, or special promotions. Keep in mind that cheapest isn’t always necessarily best.
3. Check references
Seek out customer reviews and testimonials, and ask friends or colleagues for a recommendation. You may find that some registrars come highly recommended by your peers. If you make a mistake, you can always transfer your .CA domain to another registrar.
Securing your .CA
Once you’ve chosen a registrar, consider the following additional tips for protecting your .CA domain.