These technical specifications (T-620) set out the requirements for the design and fabrication of directory boards. Directory boards complement the message on primary signs by listing the federal departments, organizational units, programs and services within a facility. Directory boards are supported by additional direction signs, area signs, and name plates.
Main directory boards, containing general information, are placed in the building's entrance lobby, and secondary directories are located at internal traffic junctions. Generally, one directory board is needed for each floor of a multi-storey facility.
Consult your Federal Identity Program coordinator for more information.
- The departmental signature appears at the top of all directory boards. The Government of Canada signature is used when two or more departments occupy a single floor, or when occupancy of a particular department is short term.
- The Canada Wordmark is applied to the bottom of directory boards when it is not feasible to install a primary identification sign outside or inside the building.
- The blades containing the official symbols are 66 mm in height and light grey. The size of the signature is 40 pt. or 10 mm in height. The symbols are reproduced in red and black.
- The message area is comprised of a series of 22 mm dark grey modular blades. All text is white in Helvetica medium typeface, and is 32 pt. or 8 mm in height.
- All information is presented in a bilingual side-by-side format. French is positioned to the left of English only on directory boards installed within the province of Quebec.
- Office or suite numbers are indicated numerically or with white directional arrows with a width of 16 mm.
- Die-cut vinyl is used for text and symbols.
- Components consist of supporting frames and snap-in modular blades manufactured from aluminum extrusions.
- Canada Wordmark (T-130)
- Flag Symbol Signature (T-135)
- Arms of Canada Signature (T-140)
- Colour Values (T-145)
- Directional Arrows (T-630)
- Policy on Communications and Federal Identity
- FIP Manual - 4.1 Signage: System overview and implementation
- FIP Manual - 4.3 Common-use and Operational Signs
Note: If there is a discrepancy between an official Treasury Board policy instrument and information on this Web page, the Treasury Board policy or standard prevails.
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