Site footer - Canada.ca design pattern
Mandatory on standard pages
The global (site-wide) footer at the bottom of each web page contains links to Government of Canada corporate content, and to Government of Canada content repositories.
The purpose of footer navigation menus is to help people discover government-related content contained in the deeper parts of the site’s user navigation model. The footer menus also provide direct, centralized access to GC-wide tasks (for example, Contact us, News, Open government).
When to use the site footer
The site footer is mandatory on all pages, except campaign pages and transactional pages. For more information, go to the Mandatory elements of the design system.
How to implement the site footer
The footer navigation menu appears at the bottom of all pages of the site, in both large and small screen views.
Government-wide tasks and government links have been prioritized according to demand, derived from search logs and web traffic data. They appear in the following order:
- Contact us
- Departments and agencies
- Public service and military
- Treaties, laws and regulations
- Government-wide reporting
- Prime Minister
- How government works
- Open government
Utility links appear after links to government-wide tasks and government links, in the following order:
- Social media
- Mobile applications
- About Canada.ca
- Terms and conditions
Other footer elements
The Canada wordmark is prominently featured in the global footer across all pages of Canada.ca. This serves to reinforce the brand and provide an additional cue to people that they are reading content from the Government of Canada.
On smaller screens, a “Top of page” link is presented in the footer area, along with the Canada Wordmark.
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