Full Name of Registry: Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)
Contact details (address, phone, fax, general enquiries):
Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)
350 Sparks Street, Suite 306
Ottawa, Ontario, K1R 7S8
The dot-ca registry was created in 1987 by volunteers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver.
The registry was officially transferred to the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) December 1, 2000.
Registration Model (Registry/Registrar system; Direct registrations; Both): Registry/Registrar system
Number of domain names: 1,216,241 as at June 2009. Current statistics at www.cira.ca.
History: CIRA took over management of the dot-ca registry on December 1, 2000, where 60,000 domain names were transferred to CIRA's systems. CIRA is the not-for-profit, Canadian corporation recognized by the Government of Canada to manage the dot-ca (.ca) Internet domain for all Canadians. CIRA is responsible for registering all .ca domain names and administering the technical operation of the central, national registry, ensuring a stable, secure and efficient infrastructure that is accessible for all Internet users connecting with .ca domains.