Global header - Canada.ca design pattern
Mandatory on standard pages
The global header is at the top of each web page from the Government of Canada.
On this page
Having the same global header on all pages strengthen the global Canada.ca brand and promotes trust. It also provides a unified experience on the Government of Canada web presence and allows navigation across the broad range of services and information offered.
When to use
The global header should be on all pages from the Goverment of Canada. Some elements are optional in these situations:
- Transactional scenarios: Pages where people are engaged in a transactional process such that mistakenly following other links would result in errors, loss of data or accidental termination of the session.
- Campaigns: Landing pages for external marketing or advertising campaigns. The flexibility in layout allows institutions to match elements of their external campaign with the landing page.
How to implement
If you're not on the Managed Web Service, you can implement the global header by using the Centrally Deployed Templates Solution (CDTS).
Follow these requirements:
|Header element||Standard page||Campaign page||Transactional page|
|Government of Canada signature (linked to Canada.ca home)||Mandatory||Mandatory||Mandatory, but link to Canada.ca home page is optional|
|Language toggle||Mandatory||Mandatory||Mandatory table 1 note 1|
|Site search box||Mandatory||Optional||Optional|
|Theme and topic menu||Mandatory||Optional||Optional|
|Background colour (white)||Mandatory||Optional||Mandatory|
Table 1 Notes
2020-06-25: the small screen version was modified to a slimmer version
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