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ARCHIVED - Government Communications Policy - Archived version of 1996

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Table of Contents

Effective date

Policy objective

Policy statement


The communications function

Policy requirements

1. Service to the public
2. Management and coordination
3. Availability and dissemination of information
4. Official languages
5. Presentation and visibility


Roles and responsibilities

Central agencies



Treasury Board Secretariat publications
Other publications


Application of the policy

1. Service to the public
2. Management of communications
3. Public environment
4. Availability and dissemination of information
5. Content and presentation
6. Visibility
7. Procurement

Appendix A - Definitions

Appendix B - List of institutions

Appendix C - Publishing

1. Introduction
2. Administrative arrangements
3. Official languages
4. Advertising
5. Copyright
6. Identification of government publications
7. Special publications
Annex A: Official languages
Annex B: Order in Council

Appendix D - Policy and Guidelines with Respect to Contracting Procedures for Communications, Public Opinion Research and Advertising Services

Public opinion research services
Annex A: Definitions

Appendix E - Fair Communication Practices

1. Introduction
2. Purpose
3. Scope
4. Type of communications
5. Elimination of sexual stereotyping
6. Fair and representative depiction of visible and ethnic minorities and aboriginal peoples
7. Communicating with persons with disabilities
8. Implementation
9. Enquiries

Appendix F - Best Practices in Media Relations

1. Introduction
2. Objective
3. Guidelines