Web Communities

Supporting tools and guidance presented on this site are developed in collaboration with Web Communities across and outside the Government of Canada. Our communities are described below.

Departmental Representation

Managing a Web presence requires the input and cooperation of many people with different roles and responsibilities within their organization. The groups listed below represent their department at these forums and work together to share experiences and help define priorities.

The Senior Departmental Official (SDO) , designated by the deputy head, is responsible for supporting their deputy head by overseeing the implementation and monitoring of Web Standards in their department.

The Chief Information Officer Council is a forum for consultation and information exchange on matters relating to the effective management and use of information and technology in support of program and service delivery in the Government of Canada. The Chief Information Officer (CIO) Council is made up of departmental senior officials responsible for Information Management and Information Technology in their department.

The Web Managers Council deals with issues related to implementation of Web Standards and management of GC websites. The Web Managers Council reports to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) Council and is made up of Web managers from departments that are also represented on the CIO Council.

The Web Standards Centres of Expertise serve as the primary point of contact between Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat's Web Standards Office and their department for questions and communications related to interpretation and implementation of Web standards, guidelines and tools.

Working Groups

Managing a Web presence also requires the input and cooperation of people with specialized skill sets. The groups listed below contribute based on their knowledge and experience. They work on addressing priorities identified by departmental representatives.

The Access Working Group reports to the Web Managers Council and provides feedback and proposed solutions to common Government of Canada Web accessibility challenges.

The Technical Working Group reports to the Web Managers Council and identifies technical issues and provides technical solutions for implementation of the Web Standards on Government of Canada websites.

The Quality Assurance Working Group reports to the Web Managers Council and provides quality assurance expertise, practices and tools to assist departments in assessing compliance to Web Standards.

The User Experience Working Group reports to the Web Managers Council and addresses key issues related to the usability of Government of Canada websites.

The Web Experience Toolkit (WET) project consists of individuals from both Government of Canada organizations and external Web communities that are developing ready-made tools and solutions for building and maintaining innovative websites that are accessible, usable, and interoperable.

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