Canada.ca topic tree and content types

The topic tree and the content types are taxonomies to help design content for Canada.ca.

Canada.ca topic tree

The Canada.ca topic tree is a list all the topics under which there are information and services provided by the Government of Canada, and illustrates the relationships between each.

The first 2 levels of topics in the topic tree must use the topic page template. The template is optional for lower levels.

For a current listing of the complete Canada.ca Topic tree, please refer to the Canada.ca Topic Tree Master.

Canada.ca content types

Content type Description Web type scheme Category
forms A document to be completed and submitted for a transaction with the Government of Canada form Services
service initiation Information that outlines all the steps a person must undertake to complete a task on Canada.ca programs and services Services
service description Information including overviews, service standards, related programs or how to provide feedback, relating to a government service programs and services Services
grants and funding opportunities An application or process to receive funding from the Government of Canada programs and services Services
licenses, permits and identification An application process for identification to allow an individual, company or corporation to possess goods or do actions that would otherwise be prohibited licenses and permits Services
emergency contact Information that directs people to contact emergency personnel including first responders and international emergency contacts contact information Contact us
contact us Information that allows people to initiate contact with the Government of Canada via email or telephone, in person or by mail contact information Contact us
contact us – find a representative A finder to support user-identification of a representative of the Government of Canada contact information Contact us
contact us – find an office A finder to support user-identification of an office of the Government of Canada contact information Contact us
contact us – postal code lookup A geospatial finder by postal code contact information Contact us
contact us – region A contact information profile for a region contact information Contact us
frequently asked questions A compendium of accumulated questions and answers frequently asked questions Contact us
policies Formal statements that provide context, direction or instruction on results, accountabilities, specific action or use to ensure compliance policy Policy and guidance
guidance Guidance documents provide instructions, context, additional information, or best practices regarding interactions with federal government departments/programs/policies, or Canada’s roles and responsibilities for international documents such as agreements and standards. Note that guidance pertaining to legislative statutory and regulatory requirements may be classified as “guidance – legislative” guide Policy and guidance
guidance – legislative Legislative guidance (or guidance on legislation) provides information to facilitate awareness, understanding, and compliance with legislative statutory and regulatory requirements and may also describe their administration. Guidance on legislation does not establish new requirements and is not legally binding guide Policy and guidance
assessments A determination of performance or worth assessment Research, statistics and data
datasets A logically meaningful grouping or collection of similar or related data dataset Research, statistics and data
research Research findings or conclusions, typically relating to sciences, engineering, psychology or technical investigation report Research, statistics and data
statistics Aggregate or unit-level information respecting a particular topic; commonly stated as numbers statistics Research, statistics and data
surveys A sample of data or opinions considered representative of a whole group that may contain questions as well as responses survey Research, statistics and data
consultations A proposal for change published to seek views and allow the opportunity for comment consultation Consultations
backgrounders Short communications providing a brief explanation of the history of an issue, action or policy fact sheet News, promotions and public awareness
media advisories An abbreviated media release that gives basic information about an activity, and that is often used to invite the media to an event, such as a news conference or an emergency site visit news release News, promotions and public awareness
news releases A written or recorded communication directed at members of the news media for the purpose of announcing something ostensibly newsworthy news release News, promotions and public awareness
speeches A talk or address transcript News, promotions and public awareness
statements An allegation or declaration, or a recital of facts news release News, promotions and public awareness
notices An announcement, notification, warning or alert issued on a specific topic notice News, promotions and public awareness
alerts A time-sensitive notification informing recipients that an event possibly causing harm or damage is imminent or likely to occur notice News, promotions and public awareness
recalls An announcement to remove a marketed product from further sale or use notice News, promotions and public awareness
maps Representations of land or sea, often depicting routes, borders or physical features geospatial material News, promotions and public awareness
education and awareness Training + education + artistic + other awareness article News, promotions and public awareness
promotional material Descriptive or marketing information about an organization’s activities, or material that promotes products, services, initiatives, campaigns, activities or collections promotional material News, promotions and public awareness
promotional material – campaigns Campaigns will be promoted through featured blocks throughout the site promotional material News, promotions and public awareness
promotional material – initiatives Initiatives will be promoted through featured blocks throughout the site promotional material News, promotions and public awareness
promotional material – events Information about a meeting or activity hosted by the Government of Canada. This may include pages where Canadians can register to attend event News, promotions and public awareness
promotional material – featured articles Content that is promoted on Canada.ca on institutional profiles, organizational profiles and topic pages promotional material News, promotions and public awareness
acts A law passed by parliament law and/or regulation Treaties, laws and regulations
regulations Rules used to carry out the intent of statutes (Acts) enacted by the Parliament of Canada. They are instruments of legislative power and have the force of law law and/or regulation Treaties, laws and regulations
documents incorporated by reference Legally binding documents referenced by legislation without being reproduced in legislation itself law and/or regulation Treaties, laws and regulations
Indigenous treaties Any arrangement with First Nations or Indigenous peoples in Canada agreement Treaties, laws and regulations
international treaties Any arrangement made between the government of Canada and a government or organization abroad agreement Treaties, laws and regulations
decisions A decision or formal proposal made by a quasi-judicial or regulatory body meeting material Treaties, laws and regulations
recommendations A formal proposal made by a quasi-judicial or regulatory body that must be implemented report Treaties, laws and regulations
job descriptions An announcement and/or description of an available position in an organization employment opportunity Corporate information
organizational descriptions Resources describing the structure, mandate, purpose, programs and services of an organization or initiative organizational description Corporate information
program descriptions Background information on Government of Canada programs. This content may not deliver a service programs and services Corporate information
program results Resources describing successes, events or other results of a program article Corporate information
ministerial and senior official profiles Biographies or profiles of ministers or heads of departments biography Corporate information
audit An evaluation of an organization, system, process, enterprise, project or product assessment Government-wide reporting
financial material Documentation used in understanding, managing and reporting on the monetary aspects of any activity or organization financial material Government-wide reporting
infosource a series of publications containing information about the Government of Canada’s access to information and privacy programs report Government-wide reporting
administrative burden baseline a baseline count of federal requirements in regulations and related forms that impose administrative burden on businesses statistics Government-wide reporting
departmental actions Departmental actions to respond to the Red Tape Reduction Commission’s recommendations report report Government-wide reporting
forward regulatory plan public list or description of anticipated regulatory changes or actions that a department intends to bring forward or undertake in a specified time frame report Government-wide reporting
interpretation policy an overarching document that outlines the commitments, practices, and tools to be applied by institutions when providing Canadians and businesses with information and guidance on regulations and regulatory obligations to be met policy Government-wide reporting
report on plans and priorities expenditure plans for each appropriated department and agency (excluding Crown corporations). They describe departmental priorities, strategic outcomes, programs, expected results and associated resource requirements, covering a 3-year period beginning with the year indicated in the title of the report report Government-wide reporting
departmental performance report individual department and agency accounts of actual performance, for the most recently completed fiscal year, against the plans, priorities and expected results set out in their respective RPPs report Government-wide reporting
quarterly financial report individual departmental financial reports including in-year spending at a departmental level report Government-wide reporting
ATI annual report annual report on the management and administration of the ATI Act within an institution report Government-wide reporting
ATI summary summary of the management and administration of the ATI Act within an institution abstract Government-wide reporting
disclosure of contracts identification, collection and publication of contract information that is to be proactively disclosed proactive disclosure Government-wide reporting
disclosure of wrongdoings filing of any information by a public servant that could show that a wrongdoing has been committed or is about to be committed proactive disclosure Government-wide reporting
grants and contribution awards transfers of money from the federal government to individuals and to organizations of various types, including businesses and other levels of government proactive disclosure Government-wide reporting
position reclassifications the change in the group and/or level of a position or positions resulting from a review or audit proactive disclosure Government-wide reporting
travel and hospitality expenses expenditures which include travelling and transportation expenses, provision of meals, beverages or refreshments, for public servants and non-public servants. It may also include entertainment, local transportation to and from events as well as other reasonable measures deemed appropriate for reasons of courtesy, diplomacy or protocol proactive disclosure Government-wide reporting
transparency – other Content on an institution’s website that is published for transparency purposes that is not a mandatory report   Government-wide reporting
navigation page Web pages used to manage a person’s experience that do not have independent consumption value resource list Navigation and administration
navigation page – topic page A navigation page representing a Canada.ca topic resource list Navigation and administration
navigation page – theme landing page A navigation page representing a Canada.ca theme resource list Navigation and administration
navigation page – institutional profile A landing page for an institution on Canada.ca organizational description Navigation and administration
navigation page – organizational profile A landing page for an organization on Canada.ca organizational description Navigation and administration
navigation page – audience page A landing page for a Canada.ca wide audience with a designated minister resource list Navigation and administration
navigation page – partnering and collaborative arrangement profile A landing page for a partnering and/or collaborative arrangement on Canada.ca organizational description Navigation and administration
website terms and conditions Terms of use of an institution’s content on Canada.ca notice Navigation and administration
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