Consultation profile pages - Canada.ca template

Consultation profile pages provide access to Government of Canada consultations and engagement activities.

Consultation profiles:

  • provide a plain-language description of a particular consultation or engagement activity, including its objectives
  • consolidate information related to the status of the consultation or engagement activity, including background materials, data, and planned and completed events
  • provide consolidated access to the outcomes of the consultation or engagement activity, including any documentation or data generated as part of the process
  • relate consultations to Canada.ca topics and institutions, as well as other related consultations or engagement activities

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How to use this template

Profile page for an open consultation template
Template of consultation profile page showing sections that make up its structure. Read top to bottom and left to right. Specifications detailed below.
Profile page for a closed consultation template
Template of consultation profile page showing the profile describing a closed consultation. Specifications detailed below.

1: Consultation title

Provides the title of the consultation

  • Content
    • the H1 heading should start with a verb phrase oriented to the users. Options include:
      • Share your thoughts (this is the default verb phrase)
      • Share and view ideas
      • Comment on
      • Join the discussion
    • add the name of the consultation after the verb phrase. For example:
      • Share your thoughts: Accessible Transportation
      • Share and view ideas: Nutrition North food subsidies
      • Comment on Pyrimethanil, Proposed Maximum Residue Limit PMRL2016-38
      • Comment on proposed revisions: Canadian Transportation Agency General Rules
      • Join the discussion: Open Government action plan 2.0
    • when the consultation closes, the verb phrase should be removed from the heading, and "Closed consultation" should be added after the consultation name. For example:
      • Accessible Transportation: Closed consultation
      • Nutrition North food subsidies: Closed consultation
      • Pyrimethanil, Proposed Maximum Residue Limit PMRL2016-38: Closed consultation
      • Canadian Transportation Agency General Rules: Closed consultation
      • Open Government action plan 2.0: Closed consultation
  • Presentation
    • the consultation title must be a unique H1
    • must be the first component on the page

2: Status message

Indicates whether the consultation is upcoming, active or closed

  • Content
    • indicates how long the consultation will continue to be open, or indicates the start and end dates if closed
    • provides a link to the consultation outcome report, if a report is available
  • Presentation
    • appears below the title

3: Social media channels

Features consultation-specific social media channels

4: Consultation description

Provides a plain language description of the consultation and its objectives

  • Content
    • keep the introductory description short and concise
    • must include the objectives of the consultation
  • Presentation
    • appears below the status message

5: How to participate

Lists ways in which interested parties can participate in the consultation

  • Content
    • recommended format is a set of doormat links, in which each item corresponds to a different method of participation, including any relevant links
    • written for a grade 6-8 reading level
    • this component should be removed from the page once the consultation has closed
  • Presentation
    • appears below the consultation description

6: Consultation details

Provides a plain language description of the groups being targeted by the consultation, the key questions/themes that are expected to be topics of conversation, and the details of when/where any meetings will be held, if applicable

  • Content
    • content provides indication of upcoming opportunities to contribute; if appropriate, use a table
    • recommended format is a “who/what/where/when/why” structure for quick comprehension
    • written for a grade 6-8 reading level
    • content for this component must be drawn from a feed if one exists
    • remove meeting dates/locations from the page once the consultation has been closed
  • Presentation
    • appears below the “How to participate” section

7: What we are hearing

Links to interim reports and shared ideas/comments

  • Content
    • use this component as ideas and reports become available
    • if consultation meetings are being conducted in multiple locations, place the summaries from all meetings onto a single page, rather than splitting them up across several pages
    • when consultations are active, the recommended heading is labeled “What we are hearing”. For closed consultations, the recommended heading is labeled “What we heard”
    • when a consultation is closed, a link to the final “What we heard” report should be placed here as well
  • Presentation
    • appears below the consultation details, on profile pages for consultations that are still open
    • on profile pages for closed consultations, this component should be moved up to appear just after the consultation description, near the top of the page

8: Related information

Links to related consultations, reports and information

  • Content
    • when used, the heading is labeled “Related information”
    • do not use this section for anything about this specific consultation
  • Presentation
    • appears below What we are hearing
    • use the Related links pattern

9: Contact us

Provides relevant contact information for the consultation

Figure 3. User navigation diagram
Diagram of how to navigate to consultation pages on Canada.ca. Text version below:
Figure 3 – Text version

Consultation pages can be accessed from the Canada.ca Open Government home page.

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