Getting a .QUEBEC
Who can get a .QUEBEC?
Anyone can get a .QUEBEC. To register, renew, or transfer a .QUEBEC domain name, you must be a natural or legal person with some connection to the .QUEBEC community. This means that, like your registrar, you must be able to show a connection with or a reasonable interest in the community both at the time of registration and for as long as you use it. Your connection to the community may be of a linguistic, cultural, tourism, commercial or other nature as long as it is favourable and not detrimental to the Québec community. Contact your registrar for more information or consult the list of accredited registrars.
How can I get a .QUEBEC?
.QUEBEC Web addresses (or domain names) are obtained from accredited registrars or resellers. For more information, contact yours today or consult the list of accredited registrars.
How much does a .QUEBEC cost?
The cost of a .QUEBEC can vary from one registrar to another. For more information, contact yours today or consult the list of accredited registrars.
Can I keep my old Web address (domain name)?
Yes. You can keep all your old Web addresses and redirect them to your new .QUEBEC address. Your old address(es) will remain operational and will direct visitors to your site, but your principal address will be a .QUEBEC. Just contact your registrar and have it redirect all your old domain names to your new .QUEBEC domain name.
What should I do if the registration for my .QUEBEC has expired?
Contact your registrar to renew your .QUEBEC. Consult the WHOIS database to find out who your domain name is registered with.
Pre-opening and official opening
What is the pre-opening?
The pre-opening is the period before general availability during which it is possible to register .QUEBEC Web addresses under certain conditions. More specifically, the pre-opening includes both the Sunrise and the Landrush periods, during which businesses, organizations, trademarks, and individuals can register certain .QUEBEC Web addresses by order of priority. Get a .QUEBEC
When will the pre-opening occur?
On September 2, 2014, at 9:00:00 <MOUSEOVER: Eastern Standard Time (Montréal, Québec) > EST (14:00:00 UTC: until November 11, 2014, at 9:00:00 <MOUSEOVER: Eastern Standard Time (Montréal, Québec) > EST (14:00:00 UTC:. Get a .QUEBEC
What is the period of general availability?
The period of general availability begins with the official opening of the .QUEBEC registry on November 18, 2014, at 9:00:00 EST: (14:00:00 UTC:. At that time, .QUEBEC Web addresses can be obtained from .QUEBEC accredited registrars and their resellers and be used immediately. Get a .QUEBEC.
When will .QUEBEC Web addresses be available?
.QUEBEC Web addresses are available now through the .QUEBEC Pioneers/Partners program. They will be available on September 2 during the pre-opening, which is the priority registration period. The official opening will take place on November 18, 2014, when .QUEBEC Web addresses will be offered to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis. Get a .QUEBEC.
Some .QUEBEC sites are already on line. Why can’t I register a .QUEBEC Web address with my registrar?
Through our .QUEBEC Pioneers/Partners program, participating organizations are able to register and start using their .QUEBEC Web addresses ahead of everyone else. The general public will be able to register their domain names on November 18, 2014. .QUEBEC Pioneers/Partners program.
What is the Landrush period?
TheLandrush period is the priority registration period, before the period of general availability, for registering Web addresses that are not related to trademarks, in accordance with the pre-established rules of priority. In the case of .QUEBEC, the Landrush period occurs simultaneously with the Sunrise period and corresponds to the pre-opening period. Get a .QUEBEC.
What the Sunrise period?
The Sunrise period is the priority registration period, before the period of general availability, for registering Web addresses related to trademarks, in accordance with the pre-established rules of priority. In the case of .QUEBEC, the Sunrise period occurs simultaneously with the Landrush period and corresponds to the priority pre-opening period. Get a .QUEBEC.
If I get a .QUEBEC Web address during the pre-opening period, when will I be able to use it?
.QUEBEC Web addresses can be registered and used immediately as of November 18, 2014. Only participants in the .QUEBEC Pioneers/Partners program will be able to put their .QUEBEC Web addresses on-line immediately. Get a .QUEBEC.
How can I get a .QUEBEC Web address before November 18, 2014?
It is possible to get a .QUEBEC Web address before the period of general availability beginning on November 13, 2014, by participating in the .QUEBEC Pioneers/Partners program or during the pre-opening period. Get a .QUEBEC.
My registrar does not offer .QUEBEC Web addresses. What should I do?
If your registrar does not offer .QUEBEC Web addresses, you can use our <HYPERLINK>.QUEBEC application form for registrars to request that they do so. If your registrar is not able to offer this service, communicate directly with a registrar on the List of accredited .QUEBEC registrars.
How can I become a .QUEBEC Pioneer/Partner and get my .QUEBEC Web address right away?
Contact us now for further information.
I would like a .QUEBEC Web address, but I do not hold a trademark. How can I be sure of getting one?
During the pre-opening, if the .QUEBEC Web address in question is not related to a trademark or the intellectual property of a third party, you may apply for it from one of the accredited .QUEBEC registrars or a reseller. For more information, see Get a .QUEBEC.
What happens if I am the only person to request a specific .QUEBEC Web address during the pre-opening?
If no-one else requests your .QUEBEC Web address during this period, it will be given to you automatically before the period of general availability. Contact an accredited .QUEBEC registrars or a reseller to apply for your .QUEBEC Web address now.
What happens if someone else requests the same .QUEBEC Web address during the pre-opening period?
If one or more applicants request the same address during the pre-opening period, the .QUEBEC Web address will be given to the applicant considered to have the highest priority based on the pre-established rules. In the case of a tie, duplicate requests will be determined by auction in which you will be invited to participate. Visit Get a .QUEBEC.
Where can I find legal information concerning the pre-opening period?
All of the legal documents concerning the priority registration of .QUEBEC Web addresses (Pioneers/Partners program and pre-opening) can be downloaded here.
General Information about the Internet
What is a domain name or Web address?
A Web address or domain name is the equivalent of a mailing address (e.g., www.registre.quebec) that your contacts and clients can use to find your Web site. It is composed of a single word or group of words (e.g., registre) linked to the server that hosts your Web site content (e.g., .QUEBEC). Domain names allow you to easily find Web sites using words rather than IP addresses.
What is an IP address?
An IP (Internet Protocol) address is an identification number (e.g., 126.96.36.199) that is allocated on a permanent or temporary basis to identify every computer using the Internet Protocol to communicate over a computer network. The IP address is fundamental to the system of transmitting (mailing) messages via the Internet.
What is a domain register?
To avoid duplicating Web addresses and to ensure the Internet’s smooth operation, a central authority is necessary. The register is the authority that manages and centralizes information concerning the registration of all domains with a specific suffix. For example, PointQuébec is the register for all .QUEBEC domain names. A register offers its services directly to registrars which, in turn, offer their services to domain name holders.
What is a domain registrar?
Domain registrars offer a complete domain registration service, including researching the availability of the domain name, registering in, renewing it, and cancelling it. This information is sent to the register and saved in a central database.
What is a .Quebec holder?
A .Quebec holder is an organization, business, or person that has registered a .Quebec domain name. Become a .quebec holder.
What is ICANN?
ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure the security, stability, and global coordination of the Internet’s system of unique identifiers. Based on expert advice and in collaboration with governments, corporations, and users, ICANN uses a bottom-up process to coordinate policy development related to the Internet’s system of unique identifiers.
Why not .QC ? Or .QUE ?
According to the international rules established and managed by ICANN, only countries that have been listed in the ISO 3166-1 standard can be assigned two-letter suffixes. These two-letter country codes are used for the Internet‘s country code Top-Level Domains (ccTLD). The suffix .QUE could be confused with the Spanish word “que.” The suffix .QUEBEC, written out in full, in an e-mail address, for example, is much more representative.