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.ca domains

If you're based in Canada, you can register, transfer, or connect domains ending in .ca to Squarespace. These domains are a great option if you have a business or professional presence in Canada.

The .ca TLD follows different rules than most other TLDs we offer. This guide covers these special requirements and exceptions.

To find a domain's price, you can search for it on our domain name search page or your Domains panel.

TLD features

Browse the table below to learn about the unique features and rules of registering or transferring a domain ending in .ca. If you connect a third-party .ca domain, these guidelines don't apply.



Legal Type

To register a domain ending in .ca, you must meet the Canadian presence requirement (CPR) by qualifying for one of several categories defined by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA). You’ll choose your legal type when registering a new .ca domain, or when transferring an existing .ca domain to Squarespace.

You can change your legal type at any time in the Domains panel. Click your .ca domain, click Registration Information, then click Additional Information. Select the legal type you want from the drop-down menu. 

Whois Privacy

Only .ca domains registered with individual legal types, such as permanent resident or Canadian citizen, can use Whois privacy.

CIRA Registrant Information Audit

After registering a .ca domain, you may receive emails from CIRA requesting proof of Canadian presence. If you ignore these emails, or can’t provide proof of your Canadian presence, your domain will be deleted in two months.

CIRA Transfer Confirmation

When your .ca domain transfer is complete, you'll receive an email from CIRA confirming the change. The email lists your new domain host (Tucows), the host's contact information, and the admin's contact information.

Transfer authorization code

.ca domain transfer authorization codes can only contain letters and numbers. If you see an invalid authorization code error message, check your code for special characters and request a new one from your current domain host.


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