Internationalized Domain Names (“IDNs”) may be made available in early January 2013. The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (“CIRA”) has started to develop the policies for the implementation of, and the technology to implement, IDNs.

The CIRA currently offers .ca domain names in non-accented letters from a to z, as well as numbers (0-9) and hyphens. The CIRA has conducted two consultations about the proposed implementation of French characters at the second level (ie. to the left of the dot).

For information about IDNs, including comments from the consultations, visit CIRA’s website here.