As the pandemic began to recede in early 2022, CIRA was faced with a whole new landscape. The pandemic focused attention on digital issues, internet services and having a robust online presence like never before.
However, as the FY23 fiscal year began, the wave that lifted many of CIRA’s activities in a material way was receding, and a new landscape was emerging; one of threats both global and local, with challenges and opportunities to match.
Rising inflation, a challenging labour market, the spectre of a recession and global instability caused by Russian aggression in Ukraine, have created an atmosphere of uncertainty. Similarly, slowing domain growth, rising cybersecurity threats, increasing competition from new technologies, and a renewed focus on internet regulation brought pressure from inside the industry itself.
CIRA is in the fortunate position of having emerged from the pandemic in good shape. In addition to seeing heightened interest in CIRA’s products, programs and services, the organization’s operations were mostly unaffected by the disruptions that sideswiped many other Canadian businesses. While .CA domain growth began to slow in FY23, it still grew at a rate higher than most of our ccTLD peers. As cybersecurity threats rose, CIRA was forced to take more precautions with its infrastructure but has also seen a renewed focus on its products in this area. In Canada, increased focus on digital regulations has the potential to transform the tech industry significantly but has also seen CIRA called upon several times to provide its expert advice as a trusted operator of critical digital infrastructure.