Web hosting provider and domain registrar Go Daddy announced on Sunday that its .CA domain names are now available with French characters.
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority announced over the weekend that its support for the full range of French characters, including û, à, ç, and ë, is now available as well.
Go Daddy said its move will help French-Canadian businesses and individuals grow their brand with a domain in more than one language. For example, a customer can register grace.ca and grâce.ca, with exclusive rights to all variants of the domain name.
There are 9.5 million Francophones in Canada, which represents nearly one-third of Canada’s overall population. Web hosts are increasingly looking to support the French-speaking population in Canada by offering customer service in French, and now domains that can be registered with French characters.
“This is great news for all Canadians because it means they can now use the .CA domain in Canada’s two official languages, French and English,” Byron Holland, president and CEO of CIRA said in a statement. “This is also great news for owners of .CA domains and their website visitors because it means that domain names can precisely match names, businesses and trademarks.”
While Go Daddy has focused recent efforts in supporting its customers in India, Go Daddy has offered .CA domain names since 2008, and began accepting Canadian dollars in 2011.
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