In February, like every year, we survey members to gain insight into their perceptions of CIRA’s membership. This feedback helps us track the overall health of CIRA membership, and to identify any areas of concern. This year a whopping 732 members shared their opinions: that’s just over 200 more participants (41% increase) over the previous year! Here are the highlights of what we heard:
- Majority of members are satisfied with their membership
- 71% of members say they signed up to stay informed about CIRA and the .CA domain
- 77% of members have a positive impression of CIRA
- Few are familiar with what we do at CIRA and for Canada’s internet
- 51% feel their membership is valuable to them
- Most of the time we meet members’ expectations
- 59% are unsure of how we can be more relevant to them
This is all very valuable insight from members and presents opportunities for us to focus our work to do better. Keep reading for further analysis of the survey results.
Member satisfaction score
CIRA Member satisfaction largely remains stable at 81% and consistently so over the past several years after seeing a slight bump in 2020. This score is an average of overall member satisfaction and member expectations of their experiences. More on those numbers further down.
Top reasons for joining
As part of this survey, on an aided basis, we ask members to select their main reasons for becoming a CIRA member. The top five answers include:
These top reasons are unchanged from 2022, however members are more likely in 2023 to say they joined to learn more about CIRA and how the .CA domain is managed, which saw 18% increase over the previous year (44% to 52%).
Members’ overall satisfaction with CIRA membership is on the rise at 78% and back to pre-pandemic norms after seeing a bump (89%) in 2020. Most members (53%) are at least somewhat satisfied with their membership and one-quarter (25%) are strongly satisfied.
Overall impression of CIRA
A new question added to the survey this year asked for members’ overall impression of CIRA in the context of our impact on the internet in Canada. Most members (41%) have a very positive impression and very few (5%) have a very negative impression of CIRA.
Familiarity with CIRA
Members are relatively familiar with CIRA but most only know a little about our role, activities, and operations.
Value of membership
More than half of members say that their membership in CIRA is valuable to them; very few say that it is not valuable. This has been consistent over the last several years.
Member expectations related to their experiences
Most members say that their experiences meet their expectations in terms of matching their initial expectations. This, too, has been consistent over time.
Being more relevant to members
We asked members if they had any advice for us on how to best focus our energy and resources to be more relevant to them. We heard a resounding “I don’t know” from nearly 60% of members! Surprising, a bit shocking, yet interesting.
Awareness of membership and interest in joining
In a separate survey we asked .CA domain name holders who are not members if they are aware that they’re eligible to apply for CIRA membership. Most respondents (71%) say that they are unaware that they’re eligible and one-third expressed an interest in joining as a member, but relatively few (9%) are strongly interested.
Demographics of member respondents
CIRA’s membership is dominated by men who are mostly 60+ years old who live in Ontario, largely unchanged over the years.
About CIRA membership
CIRA is a member-based organization that values the input of its members and their contributions to enabling a trusted internet. Having a .CA domain name and being a CIRA member supports the great work we do for Canada’s internet.
Membership is free and only open to .CA domain name holders. It remains active so long as your domain(s) remain registered—there’s no additional renewal process beyond renewing your .CA domain name!