About .ca domains
Who can register .ca domains?
Only individuals and entities that meet the requirements in the Canadian Presence Requirements can apply to CIRA to register .ca domain names.
When registering a .ca domain, you must follow specific requirements.
- Must use: 3-63 characters
- Can use: Letters (a-z characters), numbers (0-9) and hyphens (except in the 1st or last characters of the domain name)
- Cannot use: Special characters (e.g., & and #)
- IDNs: Supported - é, ë, ê, è, â, à, æ, ô, œ, ù, û, ü, ç, î, ï and ÿ
- If you own an existing .CA, you have your IDN variant reserved, but they must be independently registered. The registrant and registrar must match the existing domain. To register the matching .ca IDN that has been reserved for you, you’ll need to contact our support team.
- Registration Length: 1-10 years
- Renewal Length: 1-10 years
- CIRA automatically renews .ca domains on their expiration date.
- If you don’t pay for the renewal within 30 days of the expiration date, you can attempt to recover your .ca domain. There may be a fee.
- Backorders: Not Supported
- Transfers to GoDaddy: Supported
- CIRA restricts domains from transfer during the first 65 days of registration.
- When a domain transfer takes place, it must be initiated for every variant (IDN) of the .ca domain. If not, the transfer will fail.
- Transfers normally take five to seven days from the time you authorize them. However, a .ca transfer goes through immediately after you enter the authorization code and click Finish.
- On the Pending Transfers page in the Domain Manager, your administrative contact's email address displays as email@example.com because we cannot access your Whois contact information.
- Transfers away from GoDaddy: Supported
- Transfers to another GoDaddy account: Supported
- Ownership Protection: Not Supported
- Privacy Protection (CIRA): Supported
- CIRA automatically applies its privacy protection to new .ca domains. It limits the personal information that displays in the Whois database for the following legal types:
- Canadian citizens
- Permanent residents
- Legal representatives
- Aboriginal persons
- Cashparking: Not Supported
- Contact Updates: Supported
- All contact updates can be submitted through your account, including the Canadian Legal Type.
Note: If your domain expired, you have 30 days from the expiration date to transfer it to us.
- Go to the Domain Settings page.
- Under Additional Settings at the bottom of the page, click Edit next to .ca CIRA Agreement.
- Select the new Legal Type from the dropdown.
- Check the box to agree to the terms and click Save.
Note: Review the information under Privacy Protection and how it may apply based on the selected Canadian Legal Type.
- Must use: 2-6 Nameservers, unique IP address
- Can use: Only one IPv4 per host, only one IPv6 per host
- Cannot use: DNSSEC, Vanity Nameservers
Before a .ca-based nameserver can be placed on a .ca domain, the nameserver must be registered with CIRA by the registrar of the nameserver domain.
Once your .ca nameservers are registered, add them to your .ca domain. Set the hostname and IP addresses for each nameserver. Then assign the nameservers to your domain.
RefundsFor details on refunds, visit GoDaddy’s Refund Policy page. Most domains will follow the Standard Refund Terms, but certain domains may have exceptions or may not be refundable at all. Review the information under the following headings:
- Products with Special Refund Terms > Domain Name Registrations/Renewals
- Products Not Eligible for Refunds
All .ca registrants must pay the Goods and Services Tax (GST). Other taxes may include Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), which is GST, and the Provincial Sales Tax (PST).