Quebec soon to be Canada's only district with distinct domain name: .quebec

Quebec will soon enjoy distinct status in Canada and across the World Wide Web, thanks to recognition by the global Internet body.

This fall, the domain name .quebec will be available to serve as a URL suffix for websites, making the province the only Canadian jurisdiction with its own signature as an alternative to old standards, like .com and .ca.

The .quebec suffix is among a wave of generic top-level domains (gTLDs) recently authorized by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), new addresses that provide fresh naming options for businesses and people online.

In Quebec, the group that pushed for the new domain name says pre-registration for those hoping to buy the .quebec name begins Sept. 2, with the suffixes expected to be available as of Nov. 13.

ICANN gave the green light to .quebec in April.

``We have our own culture, and we have our own way of doing things, and we want to also affirm our presence on the web,'' said Michel Philibert, a spokesman for PointQuebec.

On its website, PointQuebec says the domain would benefit tourism businesses, multinationals trying to connect with clients in the province and companies trying to sell Quebec products.

``The fact of having our proper identity on the web, the fact of taking our place on the web, the fact of existing on the web will be beneficial for Quebec businesses over the long term,'' Philibert said.

He said .quebec was the only request made to ICANN on behalf of a Canadian region, but he believes other districts in the country could soon follow its lead.

The .quebec address is far from alone when it comes to geographic domains. ICANN has also recently authorized suffixes like .vegas, .nyc, .miami and .paris.

``We are at the start of a movement that will change the Internet considerably from how we know it today,'' Philibert said.

The provincial government has thrown its support behind the .quebec project. Philibert said the province provided a loan to help cover the $185,000 application fee and noted that the plan received support from all political parties in the legislature.

He said talks are underway that could eventually see government websites adopt the suffix, a move that could serve as a replacement for the current gouv.qc.ca.

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  1. Juge posted on 08/22/2014 10:01 AM
    What an absolute waste of $185,000 taxpayer's money. I know I'd MUCH rather have my business associated with CANADA via a .ca suffix or with COMMERCE with a .com suffix, than with QUEBEC with a .quebec suffix.

    .ca suggests a more worldly company than one with a very myopic .quebec suffix. I suppose it only exemplifies the myopic attitude of the QC separatist mind.

    For those who pushed for this new suffix to think they even come CLOSE to ranking among those others with the notoriety of Vegas and New York and Paris, I can only say, they are living in a fool's paradise.

    Much like flying the QC flag signifies to so many, a person's political leaning rather than their love of the province with no political association attached to such an action in the same way as others do in other provinces, I believe companies and associations who adopt the .quebec suffix will be embracing, exposing and perhaps even promoting their political leaning as well. Not a very good business practice.

    Don't be surprised if the government will someday insist companies which are registered in QC adopt the .quebec suffix to their website and email addresses. Just remember, you heard it here first.
  2. LMAO posted on 08/22/2014 10:16 AM
    He said talks are underway that could eventually see government websites adopt the suffix, a move that could serve as a replacement for the current gouv.qc.ca.

    Why do we have any logical need to replace the .ca for government sites. It seems separatism is still alive and well in Quebec. This smacks of an undercover attempt to create a resolution for an issue that does not exist.
  3. clint posted on 08/22/2014 11:18 AM
    This will be a way to force businesses to have a French internet site.
    Keep your Dot Com.....but if you do business in quebec....you will need a .quebec also.
    Doubel the cost....double the bureaucracy....nothing new here.
  4. Paul posted on 08/22/2014 03:48 PM
    Where is the accent that goes over the first "e" in Québec?
    This is an attack!
    We must act! lol
  5. More BS posted on 08/23/2014 08:34 AM
    "We have our own culture, and we have our own way of doing things" in other words we know how to waste money that we don't have . We know how to stick out like a sore thumb. Cuts to education , pension reform but we can spend 185000 dollars on this lunacy . Vive le Quebec.ca
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