IntroducedApril 16, 2014[1][2]
TLD typeSponsored top-level domain
Intended usePromotion of businesses, culture, tourism, and identity of  Quebec
Registry websiteregistre.quebec

The .quebec domain is a new GeoTLD and Community Priority Application that was proposed to ICANN's New gTLD Program by PointQuébec, a non-profit organisation. The organisation aims to improve the businesses, culture, tourism, and online identity of Quebec and the Canadians through the .quebec TLD. According to the PointQuébec organisation, .quebec will allow all Quebecers to register their domain names under .quebec.[3][4][5]

PointQuébec's application for the GeoTLD was approved, and was delegated to the Root Zone on April 16, 2014.[6] The application was supported by the National Assembly of Quebec[7] and other cultural, technical, and economic institutions in the province. The application received support from all political parties in the legislature.[3] It received "substantial financial support from the Government of Quebec", including a $185,000 loan, and is a not-for profit organisation.[3] The organisation will verify legitimate registrations via statements of intent through a post-verification registration system.[8] Quebec officially launched on November 18, 2014.

Michel Philibert, a spokesman for PointQuebec, stated “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”[3]

Along with TLDs such as .africa, .cat, .paris, .quebec and other new TLDs fall into the new category of GeoTLDs. The issue of new top level domains in general and .quebec in particular has been discussed at various ICANN-Meetings since 2005.[9][10][3]

Signing of contract

On December 19, 2013, PointQuébec received a registry agreement signed by ICANN for .quebec after passing all the required processes needed to become a registry operator for the string.[11]

Delegation and availability

.quebec was delegated to the Root Zone of the DNS on April 16, 2014, completing the successful application for the string.[6]

See also


  1. ^ Blatchford, Andy (August 22, 2014). "Quebec to get its own distinct internet domain name". Global News. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  2. ^ "Delegated Strings". ICANN. April 16, 2014. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e Blatchford, Andy (August 22, 2014). "Quebec to get its own distinct internet domain name". Globalnews.ca. Global News. Archived from the original on September 15, 2019.
  4. ^ PointQuébec-Who We Are
  5. ^ "Quebec soon to be Canada's only province with distinct domain name: dot-Quebec". National Post. August 22, 2014.
  6. ^ a b Delegated Strings, ICANN.org Retrieved May 30, 2014.
  7. ^ "The National Assembly passed a motion unanimously". Archived from the original on 2010-10-29. Retrieved 2014-12-11.
  8. ^ Application 1-1663-45909. Retrieved November 23, 2012
  9. ^ "ICANN Email Archives". Archived from the original on July 9, 2012. Retrieved 2014-12-08.
  10. ^ "cityTLD Literature". Archived from the original on June 4, 2008. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
  11. ^ Registry Agreements, ICANN.org Retrieved December 30, 2013