.CA Domain Name Rules and Requirements

Common Domain Name Rules

PD Hosting provides 2nd Level Domain Registration, under .CA.

Domain Theft Protection feature is supported for .CA Domain Names.

CA Domain Name Registration

Registering a .CA domain name requires the Registrant to contract with the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) and agree to the latest version of CIRA’s Registrant Agreement.

A .CA Domain Name may be Registered for 1 to 10 years.

A .CA Domain Name does not have a Money Back Grace Period.

How do I register a CA domain name?

Simply use our Domain Search tool to check the availability of your .CA domain (CA Domain name registration), add the domain name to your cart and start the checkout process. Pop in a few details and you’re done – your .CA domain will be registered within seconds.

CA Domain Name Renewal

A .CA Domain Name may be Renewed for 1 to 10 years.

Upon Expiry of a .CA Domain Name; if the .CA Domain Name is not Renewed until 40 days, the Domain Name would get Deleted and would slip into Redemption Grace Period. If the domain name is not restored during this period, the domain name is placed under To Be Released stage, during which it is eligible for re-registration by Registrars on a first-come, first-served basis. If the domain name is not registered during the To Be Released stage, it will be placed under Pending Delete status for one day and then released for fresh registration.

CA Domain Name Transfer

Upon Transferring a .CA Domain Name, the Domain Name gets renewed by 1 year.

Typically, a 60 day Transfer Lock is applicable in case of .CA Domain Names. However, on new domain registrations, a 65 day Transfer lock will be applicable.

To Transfer your .CA domain name to PD Hosting, you need to only provide your Domain Transfer Secret / Authorization Key. Once we get confirmation from the Registry that the Domain Transfer Secret / Authorization Key is accurate, the domain name is instantly transferred without the need of receiving additional confirmation from the Registrant / Administrative Contact, via post, email or FAX.

All .CA Domain Names have a Domain (Transfer) Secret Key/Authorization Code.

The length of a Domain (Transfer) Secret Key/Authorization Code is 6 – 16 characters.

Contact Details related Rules

.CA Domain Names use the .CA Contact Contact database in the system.

.CA Domain Names use the following 3 Contacts:
– Registrant Contact which can be either an Individual or a Company.
– In case the Registrant Contact is a Company, the Company name itself should be mentioned in the Name field of the Contact. The Company Name field can be filled in as N/A.
– Administrative and Technical Contacts which can only be Individuals.

There is no Billing Contact for a .CA domain name.

Accented character usage is supported in the case of creating/editing the following fields in .CA Contacts:
– Name
– Company Name
– Address
– City
– State


– All UTF-8 characters are supported in the above-mentioned fields. 1
– The State fields will accept Accented characters only if the Country is not in the United States or Canada.
– .CA domain names do not support PD Hosting’s Privacy Protection feature. However, a .CA Registrant who has indicated that he/she is an Individual has the option to hide their Contact Details in the Whois Lookup results of their .CA domain name.
– The .CA Registry validates what information is specified in the Name field of any .CA Contact

You can not modify the Registrant Contact’s Name of a .CA domain name. If you wish to modify the Registrant Contact details of your .CA domain name, you need to instead create a new Contact and assign it as the Registrant Contact.

Upon assigning a new Registrant for a .CA domain name, you need to; agree to the latest version of the .CA Registry’s Registrant Agreement.

Select which Canadian Presence Requirement Category the Registrant belongs to:

Description Registrant Type
Canadian citizen Individual
Permanent Resident of Canada Individual
Aboriginal Peoples (individuals or groups) indigenous to Canada Individual
Legal Representative of a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident Individual
Corporation (Canada or Canadian province or territory) Company (Non-Individual)
Government or government entity in Canada Company (Non-Individual)
Canadian Educational institution Company (Non-Individual)
Canadian Unincorporated Association Company (Non-Individual)
Canadian Hospital Company (Non-Individual)
Partnership Registered in Canada Company (Non-Individual)
Trade-mark registered in Canada (by a non-Canadian owner) Company (Non-Individual)
Canadian Trade union Company (Non-Individual)
Canadian Political party Company (Non-Individual)
Canadian Library, Archive or Museum Company (Non-Individual)
Trust established in Canada Company (Non-Individual)
Indian Band recognized by the Indian Act of Canada Company (Non-Individual)
Official mark registered in Canada Company (Non-Individual)
Her Majesty the Queen Company (Non-Individual)

Name Servers and Child Name Servers related Rules

In case of .CA domain names, each Child Name Server can have only a single IP Address associated with it.

Multiple Child Name Servers can be associated with the same IP Address. However, such Child Name Servers cannot be used together as Name Servers for a .CA domain name.

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