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Status: Delegated
country: Canada
Manager: PointQuébec
Registry Provider: CORE
Date Implemented: 16 April 2014
Type: GeoTLD/Community TLD
Priority #: 1404

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.quebec is a delegated GeoTLD and Community Priority Application that was proposed to ICANN's New gTLD Program by PointQuébec, a non-profit organization. The organizations aims to improve the businesses, culture, tourism and the online identity of the Quebec and Quebecers through the .quebec TLD.[1] The proposed application succeeded and was delegated to the Root Zone on 16 April 2014.[2]

The application for the .quebec string was supported by the Quebec National Assembly,[3] and other cultural, technical, and economic instituions in the province. The organization will verify legitimate registrations via statements of intent through a post-verification registration system.[4]

Contract Signed

On 19 December 2013 PointQuébec received a Registry Agreement signed by ICANN for .quebec after passing all the required processes needed to become a Registry Operator for the string.[5]

Delegation and Availability

.quebec was delegated to the Root Zone of the DNS on 16 April, 2014, completing the successful application for the string.[2]

CIRA(.ca domain)

.ca is also the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Canada. The domain name registry that operates it is the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA). The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is a non-profit Canadian corporation that is responsible for operating the .ca Internet country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) today. It assumed operation of the .ca ccTLD on December 1, 2000, from UBC. On April 15, 2008, CIRA registered its one millionth .ca Internet domain name.

Any .ca registration has to be ordered via a certified registrar. UBC's registry operations once favoured fourth-level names (such as city.toronto.on.ca) for purely local entities or third-level names for entities operating solely within one province. Nationally incorporated companies could have a .ca domain, while provincially incorporated companies required the letters of their province, like .mb.ca. Only an entity with presence in two or more provinces was typically registered directly under .ca; this complex structure (and the long delays in getting .ca registration) caused many Canadian entities to favour the .com, .org and .net registrations, despite the then-higher cost.

The second-level domain name '.gc.ca' (Government of Canada) is commonly mistaken as one of the regional domains under which CIRA will allow Government of Canada registrations. gc.ca is actually a standard domain like all other .ca domain names. CIRA does not register domain names under .gc.ca directly.

The .mil.ca second-level domain name is also a standard domain and is registered to the Department of National Defence (DND). The .mil.ca suffix is used internally by DND on its intranet, the Defence Information Network (DIN) or Defence Wide Area Network (DWAN), to distinguish intranet-only websites. Since Ontario, PEI and Quebec already use "gouv" on their provincial second-level domains for the French-language versions of their government websites, this domain is unavailable through the normal registration process.


  1. PointQuébec-Who We Are
  2. 2.0 2.1 Delegated Strings, ICANN.org Retrieved 30 May 2014
  3. The National Assembly passed a motion unanimously
  4. Application 1-1663-45909. Retrieved 23 November 2012
  5. Registry Agreements, ICANN.org Retrieved 30 Dec 2013

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