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Keeping your membership active: why you should and how you can

By Julie Lépine
Manager, Membership Relations

Being a CIRA member means you are part of a community of .CA holders who have a voice in the development of Canada’s internet. Members are fundamental to CIRA’s governance and operations through electing board members, verifying auditors and acting as a stakeholder in our organization.

Beyond the business aspects of membership, we provide opportunities for members to network and learn about CIRA’s activities, products, and global internet trends. CIRA membership also offers perks like first access to events, fun giveaways and more! And we always strive to create value for members through their feedback.

Our members are our greatest advocates, and we look to them to help us fulfill our mission of building a trusted internet for Canadians.

Accessing all these great opportunities means keeping your membership active and ensuring your contact information is up to date!

How to keep your membership active

To keep your CIRA membership active make sure to renew your .CA domain name before it expires! To retain your CIRA Membership you must maintain an active domain registration. If you don’t renew your domain, you may lose your membership. Learn how and when to renew your .CA domain name registration:

  1. Know your domain name expiry date. Look up your domain in the WHOIS directory; the expiry date is in the details. Also, your registrar may send you renewal reminders as you approach your domain’s expiry date. Don’t ignore these!
  2. Renew your domain name through your registrar ahead of the expiry date. Act as soon as you can so you don’t lose your domain AND your membership.

Keep your membership information current

Make sure your contact information in your membership profile is up to date and accurate  so you can hear about opportunities to engage in membership activities. Stay in the know, log-in to your member profile to review and if needed, update your information.

Don’t miss out! Here are ways to get involved:

Participate in CIRA’s board election. Learn more.
Mark your calendar to attend CIRA’s annual general meeting. Learn when.
Watch our member site for announcements on upcoming events. Bookmark it.

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 and being a CIRA member supports the great work we do for Canada’s internet.

Membership is free and only open to .CA holders. It remains active so long as your domain(s) remain registered—there’s no additional renewal process beyond renewing your .CA domain name!

If you’re not a member and have a .CA domain name—become one! Don’t have a .CA domain name? What are you waiting for—register yours today.

About the author
Julie Lépine

As the Manager of Membership Relations at CIRA, Julie manages the development, planning and delivery of CIRA’s membership and Member-related activities and engagement. She strives to create opportunities for Members and consumers, and partners to share, connect, and learn and get the most out of their relationship with CIRA.