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We are a US-based business and interested in registering a .ca domain. I understand the Canadian Presence Requirements for Registrants - CIRA ( This questions isn't about restrictions, it is about getting around restrictions.

What practical options are available for us to make this happen?

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Looks like a lot of CIRA employees were voting on this question :-p –  Full Decent Feb 27 at 20:48
Why not follow laws? –  Mike Feb 28 at 0:13
@FullDecent I do not work for CIRA. I'm not even Canadian. Guess everyone is just biased except you. –  Tom Dworzanski Feb 28 at 3:47
Facebook terms of service, and CIRA guidelines, are not laws –  Full Decent Feb 28 at 5:34

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There are services that will allow you to use their address and forward your mail to you at your usual address. This will make it appear as if you have a Canadian address, and you should be able to register the domain just fine.

Alternatively, you could just find a Canadian citizen to register it for you. That way you can't be "found out", because the registrant is legit. There's no rules on saying what a registrant can or can't do with a .ca domain.

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Why are you encouraging people to break the law? Following this advice could lead to extradition and felony prosecution in Canada. Please do not follow it. –  Tom Dworzanski May 19 '13 at 19:54
Thanks nathan, this is the approach we went with. Every indication I have seen is that CIRA is a NGO and that there are no Canadian (or international) laws that prohibit breaking their policy. The policy is also not 100% clear on the type of relationship permissible between the registrar and the operator, a wide legal hole. It is easy to find a Canadian who will help under Craigslist / Jobs / Web Design. –  Full Decent May 20 '13 at 0:26
@TomD what law are you referring to? –  Full Decent May 20 '13 at 0:26
First of all, I'm not "encouraging" him to do anything. I simply answered his question. Secondly, I don't think the Canadian Presence Requirements for Registrants is a "law". I've never heard of anybody charged with illegally registering a .ca domain name. –  nathangiesbrecht May 22 '13 at 14:13

This not a technical question, this is a legal question.

If you really want a .ca domain, you should contact a Canadian law firm to establish the minimum requirements and to discuss other issues (licensing, taxes) related to establishing a legitimate Canadian business.

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This is a non-answer. CIRA has set standards for registering a domain, "establishing a legitimate Canadian business" is not one of them. On topic discussion is "how to operate websites... questions here are commonly about search engine optimization (SEO), domains, and web-hosting". Meeting requirements for domain registration should be relevant for this site. –  Full Decent Feb 27 at 20:53
These are the entities, as set by CIRA, to register a .ca domain:… . "Corporation," "Trust," "Partnership," and "Association" are among them. All these are forms of "establishing a legitimate Canadian business." –  Tom Dworzanski Feb 28 at 3:47

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