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CIRA Board election: get involved!

By Julie Lépine
Manager, Membership Relations

At CIRA, you likely know our mission is to build a trusted internet for all Canadians⁠—but did you know you can help us advance this mission? CIRA’s election process provides Canadians and CIRA members with the opportunity to contribute to CIRA’s strategic direction and the development of our programs, products and services that leverage all that the internet has to offer.

As a member, being an active participant in CIRA’s governance is where you’ll have the most impact towards our mission.

Whether you plan to nominate yourself as a candidate, show your support for a nominee, participate in the campaign forum, or vote for candidates, here’s what you need to know to get involved in CIRA’s governance.

Apply to join the board

Interested and qualified CIRA members can submit an application online starting July 31, 2024. This application period is exclusive to CIRA members; applicants will need to provide their member ID for verification of active membership. Locating your member ID is easy! Log into your CIRA member profile; your member ID is located on the top left of the page under your name.

Learn more about joining the board through the member slate..

Show your support for member nominees

Endorse a member nominee who has submitted their application to be a candidate on the members’ slate. To become a final candidate on the members’ slate in the board election, member nominees must receive at least 20 shows of support from members. Only CIRA members can endorse a member nominee during this period. Members can support nominees through our new online voting platform starting August 28, 2024.

Learn about the candidates

Get to know your final election candidates by reading their profile. You can also ask them questions during the CIRA-hosted campaign forum, an online discussion board. The list of final candidates will be posted and the forum will start on September 18, 2024.

Cast your vote!

CIRA members will have the opportunity to vote for three nomination committee candidates and for one member candidate. The voting period begins during CIRA’s annual general meeting on September 25, 2024. Members have seven days to cast their vote through our new online voting platform.

Learn more about supporting nominees and candidates.

Voter eligibility

To be eligible to vote in the 2024 board election, you have to be a CIRA member at least 21 days prior to the start of voting (specifically, by end of day September 4, 2024) and continue to be a member at the time you cast your ballot. This rule is required by the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act and CIRA’s By-law. To ensure that your status as a member remains active throughout the election process, make sure that the .CA domain(s) associated with your membership are not expiring. If they are, be sure to renew!

About CIRA membership

CIRA is a member-based organization that values the input of its members and their contributions to enabling a trusted internet. Having a .CA and being a CIRA member supports the great work we do for Canada’s internet.

Membership is free and only open to .CA holders. It remains active so long as your domain(s) remain registered—there’s no additional renewal process beyond renewing your .CA domain name!

If you’re not a member and have a .CA domain name—become one! Don’t have a .CA domain name? What are you waiting for—register yours today.

About the author
Julie Lépine

As the Manager of Membership Relations at CIRA, Julie manages the development, planning and delivery of CIRA’s membership and Member-related activities and engagement. She strives to create opportunities for Members and consumers, and partners to share, connect, and learn and get the most out of their relationship with CIRA.