Why register a Municipality as .ca?

Posted on Tuesday April 17, 2012 at 01:21PM

A municipality can register almost any domain name to represent themselves.

Registering your municipal .ca has some key benefits:

  1. Marketing agencies might push for a .com but this has always been meant for a commericial party, and that is certainly not what a Municipality represents.
  2. The policing of domain names like .org only going to non-profit groups is extremely weak. The people and organizations that register .CA domain names must meet Canadian Presence Requirements, set forth and enforced by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA).
  3. The entire .ca domain is actively policed and enforced by the organization www.cira.ca, this means disputes can be escalated and resolved.
  4. All municipal names are specifically reserved by CIRA for your official representation (see http://cira.ca/assets/Documents/Legal/Registrars/registrationrules.pdf
  • 3.3 Reserved/Restricted Names. CIRA will maintain a list of reserved/restricted names that are not available for registration in the CIRA Registry. This list will include, but not be limited to:
    • municipal names listed in the following classes in the applicable version of the Canadian Geographical Names Service (CGNS): city, ville, town, village, hamlet, hameau, other municipal/district area

So if you were a gov't entity and wanted to promote yourself online in a professional and protected fashion, why wouldn't you follow the national standard?

TIP: Just for trivia, in the USA gov't entities have also reserved a key domain for their online representation .gov's which are much more restrictive and managed by the .GOV Domain Name Registration Service


Author: econolution


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