Licensed CPAs and CPA firms in Canada will soon be able to apply for .cpa web domains to enhance their brand positioning and promote greater trust and security with clients.
The restricted web domain, which is administered by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and its business and technology arm, CPA.com, officially launches in Canada at 11 a.m. Eastern time on Nov. 2. To be eligible, Canadian CPAs and CPA firms must be licensed.
AICPA launched the .cpa domain in the US in September last year. So far, thousands of domains have been registered by US CPAs and firms, ranging from sole practitioners to a majority of the top 500 US accounting firms.
CPA.com president and CEO Erik Asgeirsson said: “Restricted domains are more secure, promote greater trust and credibility with clients and the general public, and enable stronger branding opportunities. “We’ve seen great interest and creativity in the types of domains that CPAs have sought since the service began last year. We look forward to bringing this important capability for the CPA profession to Canada as we end 2021 and we’ll be launching it in more countries in 2022.”
The AICPA was awarded ownership and oversight of .cpa in 2019 by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the non-profit organisation that oversees the Internet’s naming system. CPA.com is responsible for managing the service globally.