Web Standards for the Government of Canada

This website provides guidance on implementing the Web standards and demonstrates the Government of Canada's commitment to delivering websites and applications that are more accessible, usable, interoperable and optimized for mobile devices. These Web Standards replace Common Look and Feel 2.0 (CLF 2.0) Standards for the Internet.

Standard on Optimizing Websites and Applications for Mobile Devices

This standard ensures Government of Canada online information and services are optimized for mobile devices.

The Standard on Optimizing Websites and Applications for Mobile Devices came into effect . This standard applies to all institutions listed in schedules I, I.1 and II of the Financial Administration Act and will be implemented by .

The Technical Specifications for the Web and Mobile Presence describes how to optimize websites and Web applications for mobile devices, as well as the layout and design specifications for websites, Web applications and device-based mobile applications.

Standard on Web Interoperability

This standard ensures re-use of government Web content across websites, including Web applications, and platforms.

The Standard on Web Interoperability came into effect on . This standard applies to all institutions listed in schedules I, I.1 and II of the Financial Administration Act and will be implemented in three phases by June 30, 2015.

A guidance document to support the Standard on Web Interoperability is under development.

Standard on Web Usability

This standard ensures Government of Canada websites and Web applications respect usability principles and approaches.

The Standard on Web Usability came into effect on , and was updated on . This standard applies to all institutions listed in schedules I, I.I and II of the Financial Administration Act. New websites and Web applications must meet the requirements in Section 6 when they are published. Existing websites and Web applications must meet the requirements in Section 6 by , with the exception of requirements 6.1.2 and 6.1.3, which must be met by .

The Technical Specifications for the Web and Mobile Presence describes how to optimize websites and Web applications for mobile devices, as well as the layout and design specifications for websites, Web applications and device-based mobile applications. These replace the Federal Identity Program Technical Specifications for the Standard on Web Usability.

The Guidance on Implementing the Standard on Web Usability has been archived and remains for reference only.

Standard on Web Accessibility

This standard ensures Government of Canada websites respect internationally accepted guidelines for Web accessibility and are measured consistently.

The Standard on Web Accessibility came into effect on . This standard applies to all institutions listed in schedules I, I.I and II of the Financial Administration Act and will be implemented in three phases by July 31, 2013.

The Guidance on Implementing the Standard on Web Accessibility provides direction to departmental officials on roles and responsibilities and relevant recommendations on prioritizing of compliance activities.

The Web Experience Toolkit

Web Experience Toolkit (WET) includes reusable components for building and maintaining innovative websites. These reusable components are open source software and free for use by departments and external Web communities.

Download the Web Experience Toolkit from Github

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