Register your .CA domain name & reach more Canadian customers
As the official extension of Canada, a .CA domain name is 4x more trusted by Canadian shoppers.
Show that you're True North Strong with a .CA
Included with your domain name
Link your domain name to your website, manage your email addresses, and configure your subdomains directly from the OVHcloud Control Panel.
Secure DNS authentication with your domain name (to be enabled).
Protection against theft
Protect yourself against fraudulent domain name transfer requests.
Redirect your domain name to a webpage of your choice.
The life cycle of .ca
Creating your .ca domain name
Individuals or organisations wishing to register a .ca domain name must meet the Canadian presence requirements (CPR).
Each owner must indicate the Canadian presence requirements (CPR) category that they fall under.
In addition, the owner must accept the holder registration agreement.
For more information you can refer to the CIRA policies for the Canadian presence requirements applicable to holders, available here.
|Booking Period||1 to 10 years|
|Renewal Period||1 to 10 years|
|Domain size||2 to 63 characters|
|Internationalised domain names (IDN) supported||Yes|
.ca domain name renewal
|Warning emails 60, 30, 15, 7 and 3 days before the expiry date:||✓|
|Email the day of expiration for notification of suspension of a domain name.||✓|
|Email following the Redemption Grace Period for notification of deletion of domain name.||✓|
|Renew directly on www.ovhcloud.com||✓|
|Renew via your Control Panel||✓|
.ca domain name transfer
|Time to complete the transfer||5 - 10 days|
.ca domain name owner change
.ca domain name reactivation
|Redemption period||30 days|
|Reactivation by the owner||✓|
Buy a .ca Canadian domain name
Buying a .ca domain name lets you demonstrate that you have roots in Canada. Since localness is a key factor for Canadian users, the .ca extension is an excellent way to build a relationship of trust.
About the .ca extension
The .ca extension was created in 1987 by John Demco, co-founder of the Webnames.ca domain name registry. Its purpose was to allow people from Quebec to buy a Canadian domain name.
The extension is for everyone, both French- and English-speakers alike. The government has always wanted to demonstrate its multiculturalism, even in its choice of domain names.
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) manages all .ca extensions. CIRA validates purchases of Canadian domain names by providing an authorisation code for each new application.
Up until 2010, CIRA also registered sub-domains for Canadian provinces and territories, such as .qc.ca for Quebec and .mc.ca for Manitoba. Today, however, only the .ca extension remains. This is available to all profiles (blogs, Canadian registered trademarks, companies, etc.), provided that there is a proven link between the owner and the country of Canada.
Why choose a .ca extension?
A .ca domain name shows Canadian Internet users how important you consider the values of this beautiful country. In addition, proximity plays a crucial role in building a relationship of trust with its inhabitants.
According to a 2020 study by The Strategic Counsel, more than 7 in 10 Canadians prefer to support a brand or company from their own country. Buying a Canadian domain name is therefore a definite competitive advantage for all brands and e-commerce sites that want to set up shop.
The .ca extension also makes it easier to have your site appear on search engines in Canada - in any language.
Trust, proximity and visibility are three excellent reasons to buy a Canadian domain name for your website!