I want to register a domain name that has a .ca extension, but it's asking me if I am current Canadian citizen. What can happen to me if I lie about it and continue with registration?
Falsifying the information would give them grounds to revoke the domain. You must meet the "Canadian Presence Requirements" to own a .CA domain.
There are ways of legally buying a .CA domain without being a citizen of Canada though. Linked is a full list, some of the exclusions in the list being:
- Official marks registered in Canada
- Trade-mark registered in Canada by non-Canadian owner
- Legal Representative of a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
If you are not Canadian citizen, the only safe way to register a .ca domain is to have a trademark registered in Canada. The problem is that this take time (at least one year).
Another solution that you might consider is to ask a Canadian resident to register your domain for you. If you do not know any Canadian that is willing to do this for you, you can search a freelance in Upwork or Freelancer.
Sadly, what John has said is correct. The only way to register a .ca domain as a non-Canadian citizen is to register a trademark, first. Popular domain registrars usually can provide a trustee service where their contacts who do fulfill one of the "Canadian Presence Requirements" register the domain themselves, then hand it over to you. It's a tried and reliable way of registering domains like the .CA one where you need to prove you're either residing there or have a trademark, but the problem is that I can't find any registrar that offers trustee services for Canada anymore.
So, to recap:
- There are trustee services that can help you with registering a .CA domain without having a trademark, but it's hard to find
- the only other way is to first register a trademark in .CA through the use of a trademark registrar, but this takes a LONG time (17 months, to be exact.) and may not be the solution you desire.
- Lastly, you can have a contact of your own in Canada who might be able to register the domain for you, but I suggest that you choose someone you can trust.