How to become a CIRA member (and why!)

How to become a CIRA member (and why!)

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There are many reasons to choose a .CA domain for your website... Not only does it let users know your site is created for (and probably by) Canadians, but Canadian buyers are also 4 times more likely to choose to spend their money on a .CA website! 

That being said, very few people know that owning a .CA domain actually gives you a say in the future of the Internet in Canada. Yes, really! 

How? We explain down below…

Who is CIRA

Based in Ottawa, CIRA stands for Canadian Internet Registration Authority. They’re a not-for-profit organization that manages .CA domains on behalf of Canadians. 

But what does that really mean? 

First, it’s important to understand that not just anyone can register and use a .CA. The registrant MUST have a certain type of connection to Canada to do so. This is where CIRA comes in.

As the official .CA registry, CIRA ensures that any individuals or companies registering a .CA domain meet the ‘Canadian presence’ requirements. 

CIRA does a lot more than that though. Their mission is to build a trusted internet for Canadians. And by becoming a CIRA member, you can help with this! 

Why become a member

The internet is ever-changing and its importance in our lives is only growing. If you want the opportunity to be part of a Canadian community and help shape its evolution, it's simple… you must become a CIRA member! 

We explain exactly how to do so below, but first here are some of the other benefits: 

As a CIRA member, you can:

  • Influence Canada’s digital future (that’s pretty big!)
  • Get involved in CIRA's governance and direction
  • Participate in membership surveys and other consultation on internet issues
  • Stay up-to-date on the latest initiatives, industry trends and issues 
  • Attend events like Canadians Connected, for networking, business development and knowledge sharing
Did you know? CIRA's annual general meeting, called Canadians Connected, will take place on Thursday, September 15, 2022. Registrations open in August. 

Who can apply

Membership is open to all Canadian organizations and individuals who are citizens or permanent residents. Businesses or individuals who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents may apply under certain conditions, provided that they have a valid reason to use the services offered by CIRA. 

The main condition is that you MUST have a .CA domain name – if you don’t already have one, you can register one for a few dollars a year

How to apply

If you already have a .CA domain, applying for the CIRA membership application is easy, free and should take only a few minutes. Follow these 8 steps to fill out the application:

  1. Start here by entering your .CA domain and click Submit (if you have more than one, choose the .CA you wish to register under)
    CIRA Apply
  2. Complete the form by providing:
    • Your first name*
    • Your last name*
    • Your email address*
    • Your address and phone number*
      *Must be the same as the Registrant name associated with your .CA domain name.
  3. Create your password and click Save.
  4. Verify or add your address and click Next.
  5. Prove your identity by either:
    • uploading a government-issued photo identification OR:
    • providing contact details of someone who can vouch for your identity
  6. Click Next and check the 5 boxes (if you agree with them, of course!) to comply with the Membership Declaration.
  7. Click Next again and review your application. Make sure all the details you entered are valid and accurate. 
  8. Once done, check the ‘Yes. I am ready to submit.’ box and click Finish.

And… done! Your application will be reviewed and you can expect to receive an email confirming your membership in the next few days. 

You’re all set

Becoming a CIRA member is a great opportunity to come together with other Canadian organizations and individuals. Plus, by helping shape the future of the internet, you get to help make a difference for Canadians online… and even beyond our borders, through CIRA's involvement worldwide! 

All you need is a .CA domain! If you don’t already have one, what are you waiting for? It only costs a few dollars a year, and there are so many great reasons why you should secure your domain name today.



About the author: Marie-Eve Petit

Marie-Eve is WHC’s Communications Manager. This true word nerd keeps busy creating content, writing blogs or conversion copy. She also spends way too much time on Twitter and enjoys meditating with a Spritz in hand.

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