Advancing the Internet in Canada

CIRA launches new program to invest in initiatives that enhance Canada's Internet

OTTAWA, Jan. 28, 2014 /CNW/ - Innovative ideas and programs that make the Internet better for all Canadians could receive up to $100,000 in funding from the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (www.CIRA.ca), the organization that manages the .CA domain.

CIRA's Community Investment Program (CIP) will provide funding to community groups, not-for-profits, and academic institutions for projects they can demonstrate will enhance the Internet for the benefit of all Canadians. In the coming year, CIRA will be investing up to $1,000,000 back into the community of which qualifying funding amounts may range in size from $20,000 to as much as $100,000. The CIP is open to a wide range of ideas, but proposals must articulate how they will benefit the Internet in Canada.

"CIRA's top priorities include managing the .CA domain; ensuring Canada's Internet infrastructure is safe, secure, and stable; and supporting other Internet-related activities in Canada," said Byron Holland, CEO of CIRA. "We have always championed initiatives that help Canadians take full advantage of the Internet as one of the greatest drivers of positive social and economic change the world has seen in recent memory. With the CIP, we will take this many steps further by making strategic investments that will help other stakeholder groups make the Internet better for all Canadians."

Starting on February 3 and until February 28, the CIP application period will open to quality proposals in need of funding. All funding decisions will be made by a committee comprised of CIRA board members and community stakeholders.

Additional inforrmation will be available on February 3 on CIRA's website at cira.ca.

About CIRA
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority is the Member-driven organization that manages Canada's .CA domain name registry, develops and implements policies that support Canada's Internet community, and represents the .CA registry internationally.

SOURCE Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA)

For further information:

Tanya O'Callaghan
Communications Manager, Canadian Internet Registration Authority
(613) 237-5335 ext. 262
tanya.ocallaghan@cira.ca

Leo Valiquette
inmedia Public Relations
(613) 769-9479
lvaliquette@inmedia.ca