Canada’s .ca domain hits 2 million mark

TORONTO – There are now two million .ca domain names, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) announced Thursday.

The milestone domain,, was registered by retired schoolteacher Leora Rissin, who is setting up a website to promote her Toronto bed-and-breakfast.

According to CIRA, it took 21 years to reach 1 million .ca domains and only four years to double the number. It’s the fourth fastest-growing Internet domain name registry in the world.

The 2 million milestone comes on the eve of the domain’s 25th anniversary. The first,, was registered by the University of Prince Edward Island.

“Research shows Canadians prefer .ca sites for online news, banking and shopping,” said CIRA president and CEO Byron Holland, in a release. “So it’s no surprise our numbers continue to climb.”

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The .ca domain was created by a team at the University of British Columbia in 1987.