CIRA confirms policy on .CA domain names ahead of 2019 federal election


OTTAWA, September 10, 2019 / CNW / – As the 2019 federal election approaches Canada, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) would like to reiterate its position and policies on the registration of .CA domain names.

A political or candidate website is an essential tool in any election campaign. In recent years, some campaigns have started to register the domain names of their opponents as a political tactic. This has raised questions about how this tactic aligns with CIRA’s domain registration policies.

As the custodian of the .CA domain name system on behalf of Canadians, CIRA would clarify the following:

  • .CA domain names are available on a first come, first served basis. CIRA has no way of determining whether a particular person or party has rights to a particular domain name.
  • CIRA strongly recommends that all politicians and public servants register their personal .CA domain names to protect their brand online. Even if no website is planned, registering a personal domain name in .CA guarantees that this specific domain name cannot be used or exploited for other purposes.
  • If bad faith registration is suspected, CIRA’s Dispute Resolution Policy (PCRD) may be a mechanism in certain unique circumstances by which individuals can seek resolution.
  • In the past, CIRA has complied and will continue to comply with any legal order relating to a .CA domain name.

Should this issue arise during the 2019 Federal Election, CIRA encourages all media to contact us for clarification, comment or technical information that can help educate the Canadian public.

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About the Canadian Internet Registration Authority
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) manages the .CA top-level domain on behalf of all Canadians. CIRA is also developing technologies and services, such as the D-Zone DNS firewall, that help it achieve its goal of creating a better Canada. The CIRA team operates one of the fastest growing country code top level domains (ccTLDs), a high performance global DNS network and one of the most advanced master registry solutions in the world. .

SOURCE Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)

For further information: Spencer Callaghan, Director of Communications, CIRA, [email protected], (613) 237-5335 ext 276

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