Latest changes to the Canada.ca design system

October 30, 2020

We made the following minor changes:

  • we updated the guidance on the Buttons design pattern to provide coded examples and specify when to use which style
  • we updated the guidance on the Carousels design pattern to specify when to use this pattern and when to avoid it

Previous changes

October 21, 2020

We made the following changes:

June 30, 2020

We added a new beta version of the Theme and topic template.

June 25, 2020

We moved the detailed design and requirements for header and footer to the design system library, and modified the small screen version of the global header.

April 17, 2020

We modified the Breadcrumb trail pattern: the first item in the breadcrumb trail was changed from "Home" to "Canada.ca".

February 28, 2020

We made changes to the following templates to reflect the new Policy on Service and Digital:

February 12, 2020

Carousels are no longer mandatory on theme pages.

February 3, 2020

We made the following changes:

November 28, 2019

We made the following changes:

  • Mandatory elements: we moved the detailed guidance on mandatory elements to the template and pattern library
  • Institutional landing page: we are introducing a new beta template for the institutional landing page, merging the institutional and organizational profiles to better reflect the role and purpose of this mandatory template
  • Report a problem: we modified the guidance to allow for some customization
  • Transparency template: we are introducing a new suggested layout for transparency and corporate reporting information
  • Basic page layout: we created examples that show how patterns can be combined in a basic page layout
  • Contextual alerts: we are introducing a new beta pattern for contextual alerts
  • Expand/collapse: we modified the guidance to allow the use of expand/collapse to present a choice between mutually exclusive answers
August 27, 2019

We made the following minor change:

  • we changed the Date modified pattern to reflect the format currently in use across Canada.ca: yyyy-mm-dd
January 31, 2019

We’ve made major updates to the Canada.ca design system:

Overall, this update signals a shift in philosophy. We’ve shortened the list of mandatory elements, and shifted the focus to task success for users. Templates and design patterns will be changed and improved regularly, based on evidence. All changes will be documented on this page.

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