Just catching up this morning on some December emails I filed away for reading later, and one was a newsletter from the .ca registry CIRA. Part of the newsletter dealt with the coming IDN features to .ca domains. They are in discussion right now, and have a second round of input planned for this month.
IDN domains have importance in Canada because French is one of the two official languages, and many french words have accents on one or more of the letters.
My main wish if IDN comes to .ca is to allow existing holders of .ca domains that should have accents to claim the IDN version. For example, if you owned evenements.ca, you should have first crack at getting événements.ca (which is the correct french spelling with accents)
From what I've seen with my domains, french internet searches sometimes contain the letters with accents, and sometimes don't. I have french IDN .com's that get traffic. If IDN is brought to .ca, I think it would be used by many french people. For me, french is a second language so I'd love to hear what french people think of this.
Below is the section of the newsletter regarding the .ca IDN process: