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25 Years of .CA

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About CIRA

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority is a Member-driven organization that manages Canada’s .CA domain name registry, develops and implements policies that support Canada’s Internet community, and represents the .CA registry internationally.

.CA’s growth since CIRA’s founding just over 12 years ago has been explosive. More than 2-million .CA domain names have been registered and we continue to experience a healthy annual growth rate of 14 per cent and a renewal rate of 79.4 per cent.

As stewards of the .CA domain space, CIRA plays a mission-critical role in ensuring that key parts of the Internet’s infrastructure in Canada are continuously and securely available. We do this for the benefit of all Canadians.

As an organization, CIRA must continue growing and maturing, moving forward from its early goal of establishing Canada’s key Internet infrastructure, to a longer-term vision of being among the leading Registries in the world and the preferred choice of Canadians. This vision is underpinned by our commitment to a world-class .CA product, best-of-breed customer service and internal processes and policies that characterize a mature and professional organization.

Our work is overseen by a 12-person Board of Directors and three Board Advisors. The 12 Directors are elected annually by .CA Members, and the three Board Advisors hold  non-voting positions.

Members play a key role in CIRA’s governance through participation in its Board of Directors and Annual General Meeting. Membership in CIRA is free and open to anyone who holds a .CA domain.


CIRA’s mission is to foster the development of .CA as a key public resource for all Canadians by providing stable, secure and trusted domain name services, and by taking a leadership role in shaping Canada’s Internet for the benefit of .CA domain holders.


CIRA’s vision is to be a world-class Internet Registry that is recognized and valued by the Internet community and Canadians.


We believe that fairness, transparency and high ethical standards are the foundation of our culture.

CIRA is committed to a collaborative team environment that seeks continuous improvement and breakthrough ideas through innovation.

At CIRA we are committed to exceeding stakeholder expectations through excellence in operations, service delivery and engagement.

We believe in being a positive influence in the communities where we provide service and do business.