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.
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.
Choose a registrar
Although CIRA manages the .CA domain name registry on behalf of Canada, .CA domain names are actually purchased through online retailers called registrars. When you search for a .CA domain name on our site, we display a list of certified registrars with whom you can purchase from.
Your registrar will be your main point of contact for the management of your .CA domain name, so make sure you choose the right one for you. Here are some tips on how to choose the one that best meets your needs.
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.
The three Rs of the domain name world
Confused about who's who in the domain name world? Don't worry we've got you covered.
We call them the three Rs—registrants, registrars, and registry—and they are the players involved in every .CA domain name.
Registrants: the person buying the .CA domain name
Registrar: the online retailer selling the .CA domain name
Registry: manages the .CA domain name system
Securing your .CA
Once you’ve chosen a registrar, consider the following additional tips for protecting your .CA domain.