Canada’s .CA Turns 25

The .CA top-level domain turns 25 years old on May 14th. So if you’ve done the math correctly, you know that in 1987 .CA was born.

If you’re wondering who was using the Internet back in ’87, you’re not alone.

Extremely few Canadians were online, and the only people registering .CA domains were government representatives and academics. In fact, the University of Prince Edward Island registered the very first .CA domain name back in 1988.

From 1988 to 2000, things started to snowball domain wise: faculty and students at the University of British Columbia registered almost 60,000 domain names.

Today, there are more than 1.9 million domain names registered, effectively making .CA the world’s 14th-largest domain registry, enjoying the fourth-highest growth rate over the past five years.

President and CEO Byron Holland of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), which manages Canada’s .CA domain name registry, is proud of the continuing achievements: “The growth in both the size of the registry and in the role .CA plays in Canadians’ lives bodes well for the next 25 years of .CA. As we move more and more of our lives online, .CA is becoming the ‘flag on the virtual backpack’ for hundreds of thousands of Canadians.”

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One Response to “Canada’s .CA Turns 25”
  1. Eric Gisin says:

    A story of early internet sites would be interesting. I think NRC Ottawa had a leased line, and CSNET (universities) used X.25. This was in the early 1980s.