In the context of the Federal Identity Program, “partnering” refers to shared-cost programs and federal contributions covered under various Treasury Board policies.

The Federal Identity Program Policy states that corporate identity requirements apply to programs undertaken by the Government of Canada with another level of government or a private institution, under the discretion of the appropriate minister.

In 1998, Treasury Board ministers decided that Government of Canada identity requirements are to be part of collaborative arrangements with the private sector and other governments or jurisdictions to ensure strong presence and visibility for the Government of Canada and its programs and services to Canadians.

Overview of requirements for partnering and collaborative arrangements

1. Technical specifications

All partnering activities with external organizations, including joint or sponsored activities and collaborative arrangements with other levels of government and the private sector, must comply with Federal Identity Program Policy requirements. This means that departments are responsible for ensuring that the Government of Canada receives fair and visible acknowledgement for its contributions, and that all partners are fairly acknowledged in all partnering and collaborative arrangements.

The requirements for partnering activities are found in the following technical specifications:

2. Responsibility

Deputy heads are accountable for implementing Treasury Board policies within their department. Heads of communications are responsible for the effective management of the Government of Canada's corporate identity in their department. This includes coordinating the use of the official symbols based on mandatory specifications for all fields of application.

3. Official symbols

The official symbols of the Government of Canada, text acknowledgements or the combination of both are used in partnering activities undertaken by the Government of Canada with other levels of government, other jurisdictions or public and private organizations. Departments may only use symbols that have been approved by the Treasury Board for their partnering activities.

Departments that do not have an approved applied title use the Government of Canada signature until the required approvals have been received.

4. Other marks, symbols or graphic elements

The Federal Identity Program Policy prohibits departments from using logos without prior approval of Treasury Board ministers. This applies to all logos used to identify a department's programs, services, assets, products, and internal and external activities.

Participants in a partnering initiative may agree to create an independent or unique identity to further the public communications objectives. Any symbol associated with such an identity is used only for joint communications, products and activities that are part of the initiative, and cannot be used or promoted in Government of Canada communications or activities.

5. Official languages

General requirements for the order of official languages are detailed in T-125 - Official Languages in Signatures.

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