CIRA Extends .ca Registry Deadline

[Ottawa, CANADA] CIRA today announced that, together with the
University of British Columbia, an agreement has been reached to
defer the operational transfer of the .ca Registry until December 1,
2000.

The extension will allow existing .ca domain name holders more time
to re-register their domain names with CIRA.

“CIRA is concerned that, despite the well-publicized upcoming
transfer, as of October 30, 2000, 37,000 out of approximately 98,000
expected re- registrants of existing .ca domain names in the UBC
Registry had not applied to re-register,” said Maureen Cubberley,
chair of the CIRA Board.

“It is CIRA’s intention to make the transition occur as smoothly as
possible, and this extension of the date will help that to happen.”

The one-month extension will give current .ca registrants who have
not already done so additional time to re-register their domain
names. Failure to re-register will result in a Web site or e-mail
address being inaccessible through that domain name after November
30, 2000.

The extension also makes provisions for the registration of new .ca
domain names. As previously announced, CIRA certified registrars will
begin accepting new .ca registrations on November 8, 2000 until
November 30.

“The new CIRA rules provide an opportunity for .ca to become the
Canadian domain for e-commerce, and many people want to seize that
opportunity sooner rather than later,” said Glen Bloom, vice-chair of
the CIRA Board.

CIRA is a not-for-profit organization mandated by the Canadian Domain
Name Consultative Committee to operate the .ca top-level domain. It
is responsible for setting policy, managing and operating the .ca
domain database, and registering Domain Names through its network of
certified Registrars.

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