Whether you run a small business, are an aspiring entrepreneur, or are just a Canadian with a great idea, .CA is an excellent choice for your blog, website, or email address.
.CA is the recognized symbol of Canada online and there are many great reasons to choose .CA: it's a safe, secure, and trusted top-level domain managed by us - the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (or CIRA), and Canadian Internet users prefer to shop on .CA websites.
But did you know there is another great reason why you can feel good about choosing .CA?
Each .CA domain registration and renewal gives back by funding innovative community projects to build a stronger, safer and more accessible Internet for all Canadians.
CIRA is a not-for-profit organization that, on top of managing over 2.7 million domain names, has a mandate to do good things for the Internet in Canada. Our Community Investment Program was launched in 2014 to give back to the Canadian Internet.
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The program has built new infrastructure, helped grow Canada’s capacity in media literacy, enabled non-profits to deliver online services and academic researchers to address emerging digital issues. Here are some examples of Community Investment Program projects in action:
Ashlu Creek Foundation took matters into their own hands to get Upper Squamish Valley connected to the Internet.
Be the Choice is a life-saving, online breast cancer decision tree that was developed by breast cancer survivors based out of Ottawa.
This tool shows the routes that data take across the Internet, helping Canadians learn why this matters for their privacy and sovereignty.
Register a .CA domain
If you are thinking of creating your own website, searching for an available domain name is a great place to start (and you can do so by easily searching for a .CA domain at the top of this page). By registering a .CA domain, you're helping support the important work being done through the Community Investment Program.
Need some help with registering? Read our top tips for registering a .CA to understand more about the process.
Already have a .CA domain?
Thank you for choosing .CA and helping build a better online Canada. Every time you register or renew a .CA domain, you help fund projects like the Vancouver Community Network's Street Messenger System.
We couldn't have built this tool without CIRA. The idea to develop a mass-text messaging platform to improve outreach in the homeless sector was almost a pipe dream as funding for tech innovation in the community was extremely limited in 2014. Then CIRA announced this program and we knew we had a great opportunity for funds and partnership.
- Tracey Axelsson, Executive Director of the Vancouver Community Network (VCN)