The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) today launches its campaign to celebrate the registration of one million dot-ca domain names with the unveiling of a campaign website at onemilliondomains.ca. CIRA expects to reach the one million milestone in early April 2008 after passing 750,000 registrations just 18 months prior in October 2006. The campaign showcases the growth of dot-ca domain names, dot-ca websites and the Canadians behind them.
Dot-ca has experienced rapid growth in recent years and now stands as the seventeenth largest Internet domain name registry when compared to generic domain names like dot-com and dot-net and country specific domain names like dot-uk (United Kingdom) and dot-us (United States). This growth is all the more remarkable considering that dot-ca domains are reserved exclusively for the use of Canadian citizens, residents, businesses, and organizations.
“When you visit a dot-ca website you can be confident that you’re dealing with another Canadian or Canadian business,” says Byron Holland, President and CEO of CIRA, the organization responsible for managing dot-ca domain name registrations. “The rapid growth of dot-ca reflects how website owners and Internet users place a premium on relevant and trusted destinations online – for Canadians, dot-ca is the obvious choice.”
To help celebrate the unique Canadian personality of dot-ca, CIRA commenced the campaign in January 2008 with its Tell us Your Dot-ca Story contest which asked entrants to describe how they use their dot-ca domain name. More than 4,000 entries were submitted by dot-ca domain name Registrants from across Canada. “We were overwhelmed with the response we received and the huge number of dot-ca success stories submitted by Canadians,” says David Hicks, Director of Marketing and Communications for CIRA. “These stories highlight how Canadians are using dot-ca domain names to connect and communicate with each other and the world.”
The selected profiles include:
Richard Findlay from Vancouver, BC rethinks hockey tape for the new millennium and uses his dot-ca website to promote it worldwide.
Anne Marie Thornton from Shawnigan Lake, BC helps thousands of Canadian commuters find carpool partners all across Canada with her award-winning website.
Jennifer Hamilton from Toronto, Ontario uses her personal blog to share her love of food and family.
Mike Hambly from Calgary, Alberta turns to the Internet to promote his Braille transcription business after a car accident left him blind and paraplegic.
Matt Wiebe from St. Stephen, New Brunswick creates big web design for a national audience from a small town.
Tim Shore from Toronto, Ontario works with a group of dedicated bloggers to capture the art, culture, and cuisine of Quebec’s largest city.
Deb Viccars and Catherine Staveley from Vancouver, BC save brides and from across Canada and the globe from the fate of bad wedding and bridesmaids’ dresses.
Jane Flanagan from Toronto, Ontario muses about her writing, journalism, and love of shopping from her online portfolio and personal blog.
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is the not-for-profit, member-driven organization responsible for the management of Canada’s dot-ca domain namespace, the policies that support Canada’s Internet community, and Canadian involvement in international Internet governance.
More information on CIRA, see cira.ca.
To register your .ca domain name, check out America Registry here.