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:
- 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.
- 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).
- The entire .ca domain is actively policed and enforced by the organization www.cira.ca, this means disputes can be escalated and resolved.
- 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