Using files located on non-Government of Canada servers
To improve the functionality of Government of Canada websites, certain files (such as open source libraries, images and scripts) may be delivered automatically to your browser via a trusted third-party server or content delivery network. The delivery of these files is intended to provide a seamless user experience by speeding response times and avoiding the need for each visitor to download these files. Where applicable, specific privacy statements covering these files are included in our Privacy Notice.
Providing content in Canada's official languages
The Official Languages Act, the Official Languages (Communications with and Services to the Public) Regulations and Treasury Board policy requirements establish when we use both English and French to provide services to or communicate with members of the public. When there is no obligation to provide information in both official languages, content may be available in one official language only. Information provided by organizations not subject to the Official Languages Act is in the language(s) provided. Information provided in a language other than English or French is only for the convenience of our visitors.
Linking to non-Government of Canada websites
Links to websites not under the control of the Government of Canada, including those to our social media accounts, are provided solely for the convenience of our website visitors. We are not responsible for the accuracy, currency or reliability of the content of such websites. The Government of Canada does not offer any guarantee in that regard and is not responsible for the information found through these links, nor does it endorse the sites and their content.
Visitors should also be aware that information offered by non-Government of Canada sites to which this website links is not subject to the Privacy Act or the Official Languages Act and may not be accessible to persons with disabilities. The information offered may be available only in the language(s) used by the sites in question. With respect to privacy, visitors should research the privacy policies of these non-government websites before providing personal information.
Copyrights: Ownership and Usage of Content Provided on this Site
Materials on this website were produced and/or compiled by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General for the purpose of providing Canadians with access to information about the OSGG’s programs and services.
The material on this site is covered by the provisions of the Copyright Act, and by Canadian laws, policies, regulations, and international agreements. Such provisions serve to identify the information source and, in specific instances, to prohibit reproduction of materials without written permission.
Information on this site has been posted with the intent that it be readily available for personal and public non-commercial use and may be reproduced, in part or in whole and by any means, without charge or further permission from the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General. We ask only that:
- Users exercise due diligence in ensuring the accuracy of the materials reproduced;
- The Office of the Secretary to the Governor General be identified as the source department;
- Indicate that the reproduction is a copy of the version available at gg.ca;. and,
- The reproduction is not represented as an official version of the materials reproduced, nor as having been made, in affiliation with or with the endorsement of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General.
Unless otherwise specified, you may not reproduce materials on this site, in whole or in part, for the purposes of commercial redistribution without prior written permission from the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General. To request permission, please use the Application form for Copyright Clearance (PDF).
Some of the content on this site may be subject to the copyright of another party. Where information has been produced or copyright is not held by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, the materials are protected under the Copyright Act, and international agreements. Details concerning copyright ownership are indicated on the relevant page(s).
Reproduction of the OSGG and Viceregal Symbols
The viceregal emblems, including the crest of the Royal Arms of Canada, the flag and the personal coat of arms of the Governor General, cannot be reproduced, whether for commercial or non-commercial purposes. They are protected under Article 9 of the Trade-marks Act (Prohibited Marks).
Our commitment to accessibility
The Government of Canada is committed to achieving a high standard of accessibility as defined in the Standard on Web Accessibility and the Standard on Optimizing Websites and Applications for Mobile Devices. In the event of difficulty using our Web pages, applications or device-based mobile applications, please contact us for assistance or to obtain alternative formats such as regular print, Braille or another appropriate format.
This notice has been written to explain how the Government of Canada interacts with the public on social media platforms.
Content and frequency
The Government of Canada uses its social media accounts as an alternative method of sharing the content posted on its websites and interacting with stakeholders. By following the Government's social media accounts (by "following," "liking" or "subscribing"), you can expect to see information about its programs and services.
Because the servers of social media platforms are managed by a third party, social media accounts are subject to downtime that may be out of the Government of Canada's control. The Government accepts no responsibility for platforms becoming unresponsive or unavailable.
Links to other websites and ads
Social media accounts may post or display links or ads for websites that are not under the control of the Government of Canada. These links are provided solely for the convenience of users. The Government is not responsible for the information found through these links or ads, nor does it endorse the sites or their content.
Accessibility of social media platforms
Social media platforms are third-party service providers and are not bound by Government of Canada standards for Web accessibility.
Information posted by the Government of Canada is subject to the Copyright Act.
Social media accounts are not Government of Canada websites and represent only its presence on third-party service providers.
For more information, please refer to our Privacy Notice regarding third-party social media.
Many social media platforms have multiple language options and provide instructions on how to set your preferences. The Government of Canada respects the Official Languages Act and is committed to ensuring that our information of is available in both French and English and that both versions are of equal quality.