Content and Information Architecture Specification

To provide a consistent online experience for Canadians, the Directive on the Management of Communications (Appendix D) requires that Government of Canada departments and agencies manage and create digital content using this design framework.

The framework provides user-tested templates, common design patterns, and models for navigation and information architecture. Use them to present and organize your web content so that users can find what they are looking for.

Some elements of this framework are mandatory. Other templates and design patterns are conditional. This means they are only mandatory in specific situations. All designs have been user-tested, and perform well with the public. We update this framework regularly if usability testing sheds light on an improvement we can make.

Each template or pattern includes instructions for when to use it. Within each, elements are marked as mandatory, conditional, or optional. This gives you flexibility to select elements that make sense. Content Style Guide: use the style guide when developing and updating web content.

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