Topic pages - Canada.ca mandatory template

Mandatory

Topic pages help people learn everything the Government of Canada is doing in relation to a specific topic area.

Topic pages:

  • are navigation pages that point people to all government-wide tasks related to that topic
  • prioritize content and navigation to support the most visited information and services
  • can be cross-referenced across themes

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When to use this template

  • Must be used for the first 2 levels of topics in the Canada.ca topic tree. Optional for lower-level topics.
  • Pages where people can initiate a task should be considered destination content, and should not use the topic page template
  • New topics must be added to the Canada.ca topic tree through a Theme Lead institution
  • The topic page template is not to be used for promotion; instead, use Promotional events pages or Campaign pages

How to use this template

Topic page template
Template of topic page showing sections that make up its structure. Read top to bottom and left to right. Specifications detailed below.

1: Topic title

Mandatory

Names the current topic

  • Presentation
    • the topic title must be a unique H1
    • it must be the first component on the page

2: Topic introductory paragraph

Mandatory

Describes the current topic page

  • Content
    • provides an overview of the top tasks or sub-topics that can be accessed from the current topic
    • keep the text short and concise
    • written for a grade 6-8 reading level
  • Presentation
    • appears below the topic title
    • appears to the left of the topic image

3: Topic image

Optional

Supports and enhances key messages related to the topic page

  • Content
    • the image must reflect key messages related to the topic
    • the image may appear elsewhere on the site
    • carousels are not allowed on topic pages
    • use the Images pattern
  • Presentation
    • the topic image appears at the top of the page
    • appears to the right of the introductory paragraph
    • the image is not hyperlinked
    • consult the Canada.ca GitHub page for image sizing

4: Topic social media channels

Optional

Features topic-specific social media channels

5: Services and information

Mandatory

Lists the sub-topics and destination content related to the current topic

  • Content
  • Presentation
    • appears below the topic social media channels and to the left of “Most requested”

6: Most requested

Mandatory on theme pages and first-level topic pages

Features top tasks for the current topic

  • Content
  • Presentation
    • appears to the right of “Services and information”

7: Contributors

Mandatory

Links to institutions that support the current topic

  • Content
  • Presentation
    • appears below “Most requested”

8: More information for

Conditional

Links to related government-wide audience information

  • Content
    • this component is mandatory when there are 1 or more doormat links in services and information related to the topic government-wide audience pages
    • use the More information for pattern
  • Presentation
    • appears below “Contributors”

9: What we are doing

Conditional

Provides links to program and policy development content that is most relevant to the current topic

  • Content
    • this component is mandatory when program and policy development content related to the current topic exists
    • use the What we are doing pattern
  • Presentation
    • appears below “Services and information” and “Most requested”

10: Topic features

Optional

Promotes ongoing activities being led by departments and agencies across the GC that are related to the current topic

Working examples

Each of the 15 themes consists of a number of topics that support the full scope of information and services offered across the government-related to that theme.

Topics consist of:

  • links to the most requested information and service tasks, as well as to the most pertinent and related policies, acts and regulations, publications, forms, news, consultations and initiatives
  • doormat links to related sub-topics, as well as cross-references to other themes
  • links to audience pages, as applicable

The topic template includes a number of mandatory and optional components to accommodate variability across the wide range of possible GC topic areas.

User navigation diagram
Diagram of how to navigate to topic pages on Canada.ca. Text version below:
Text version

Navigation to a topic page follows one of 2 paths:

  • From Home to a Theme page to a Topic page
  • From Home to the Departments and agencies page, to an Institutional profile, to a Topic page.
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