Register your .CA
Purchasing a .CA domain name is quick and easy. Keep these helpful tips in mind throughout the registration process.
Searching 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 the domain name you want is not available, try selecting a suggested alternative that appears or searching again. If you’re still stuck, take a look at our free guide, Bringing your business online: How to choose a domain name and more, which provides some more in-depth information about domain names and helps guide you through the process.
Choose a registrar
Although CIRA manages the .CA domain name registry on behalf of Canada, .CA domain names are actually registered through online retailers called registrars. All of our 150+ .CA registrars are trusted providers that are evaluated and recertified by CIRA every year. No matter which registrar you choose, trust that you are in good hands.
When you search for a .CA domain name through CIRA, we display a list of our certified registrars with whom you can purchase your preferred .CA domain name. Your registrar will be your main point of contact for the registration and management of your .CA domain name, so make sure you choose the right one for you.
If you're new to the world of domain names, you might not know where to start when choosing a registrar. Here's our advice on how to choose the one that best meets your needs.
1. Determine which services you require
If you're interested in additional services like email hosting or if you require support in French, ensure that the Registrar you choose meets those needs. You can use the filters provided in our search to see which Registrars offer the services you require. 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.