Terms and conditions
- Your Privacy and the Internet
- Communicating with the Government of Canada
- Third-Party Social Media
- Improving your Experience on Government of Canada Websites
- Protecting the Security of Government of Canada Websites
- Inquiring about these Practices
- Using Files Located on Non-Government of Canada Servers
- Providing Content in Our Official Languages
- Linking to Non-Government of Canada Websites
- Ownership and Usage of Content Provided on This Site
- Reproduction of Government Symbols Notice
- Use of Infrastructure Canada Web Feeds
- News Releases
All personal information collected by this institution is governed by the Privacy Act. This means that you will be informed of the purpose for which it is being collected is being collected and how to exercise your right of access to that information.
Your Privacy and the Internet
The nature of the Internet is such that Web servers automatically collect certain information about a visit to a website, including the visitor's Internet Protocol (IP) address. IP addresses are unique numbers assigned by Internet Service Providers (ISP) to all devices used to access the Internet. Web servers automatically log the IP addresses of visitors to their sites. The IP address, on its own, does not identify an individual. However, in certain circumstances, such as with the co-operation of an ISP for example, it could be used to identify an individual using the site. For this reason, the Government of Canada considers the IP address to be personal information, particularly when combined with other data automatically collected when visitor requests a Web page such as the page or pages visited, date and time of the visit.
Unless otherwise noted, Infrastructure Canada does not automatically gather any specific information from you, such as your name, telephone number or email address. Infrastructure Canada would obtain this type of information only if you supply it to us, for example, by email or by filling in a contact form. In such cases, how your personal information is handled will be provided in a Personal Information Collection Statement.
In cases where services are provided by organizations outside of the Government of Canada, such as social media platforms or mobile applications, IP addresses may be recorded by the Web server of the third-party service provider.
Communicating with the Government of Canada
If you choose to send Infrastructure Canada an email or complete a feedback form online, your personal information is used by Infrastructure Canada in order to respond to your inquiry. The information you provide will only be shared with another government institution if your inquiry relates to that institution. Infrastructure Canada does not use the information to create individual profiles nor does it disclose the information to anyone other than to those in the federal government who need to provide you with a response. Any disclosure of your personal information is in accordance with the Privacy Act.
Emails and other electronic methods used to communicate with the Government of Canada are not secure unless it is specifically stated on a Web page. Therefore, it is recommended that you do not send sensitive personal information, such as your Social Insurance Number or your date of birth, through non-secure electronic means.
Third-Party Social Media
The Secretariat's use of social media serves as an extension of its presence on the Web. Social media account(s) are public and are not hosted on Government of Canada servers. Users who choose to interact with us via social media should read the terms of service and privacy policies of these third-party service providers and those of any applications you use to access them. The Secretariat uses Twitter.
Personal information that you provide to the Government of Canada via social media account(s) is collected under the authority of the Financial Administration Act. This information is collected to capture conversations (e.g. questions and answers, comments, retweets) between you and the Secretariat. It may be used to respond to inquiries, or for statistical, evaluation and reporting purposes. Comments posted that violate Canadian law will be deleted and disclosed to law enforcement authorities. Comments that violate our rules of engagement will also be deleted. The personal information is included in Personal Information Bank PSU 938 Outreach Activities.
Improving your Experience on Government of Canada Websites
Digital Markers (including cookies)
A digital marker is a resource created by the visitors' browser in order to remember certain pieces of information for the Web server to reference during the same or subsequent visit to the website. Examples of digital markers are "cookies" or HTML5 web storage. Some examples of what digital markers do are as follows:
- they allow a website to recognize a previous visit each time the visitor accesses the site;
- they track what information is viewed on a site which helps website administrators ensure visitors find what they are looking for.
Infrastructure Canada uses persistent digital markers on some portions of its website. During your on-line visit, your browser exchanges data with Infrastructure Canada's Web server. The digital markers used do not allow Infrastructure Canada to identify individuals.
You may adjust your browser settings to reject the digital markers, including cookies, if you so choose. However, it may affect your ability to interact with Infrastructure Canada's website.
Web analytics is the collection, analysis, measurement, and reporting of data about Web traffic and visits for purposes of understanding and optimizing Web usage. Information in digital markers may be used for the purpose of web analytics to remember your online interactions with Infrastructure Canada's website.
Infrastructure Canada uses Webtrends Analytics 9 to improve its web site. When your computer requests an Infrastructure Canada Web page, our institution collects the following types of information for Web analytics:
- the originating IP address
- the date and time of the request
- the type of browser used
- the page(s) visited
Infrastructure Canada uses Webtrends Analytics 9 and the information collected is disclosed to Webtrends, an external third party service provider. Your IP address is anonymized prior to being stored on the service provider's servers in order to help safeguard your privacy. The information collected is de-personalized by a technique called IP masking. As soon as technically feasible the last octet of IPv4 visitor IP addresses is set to zero. For example, IP addresses 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124 would both be changed to 126.96.36.199. This creates anonymity.
Data collected for Web analytics purposes goes outside of Canada to United States and may be subject to the governing legislation of that country, for example the USA Patriot Act.
Information used for the purpose of Web analytics may be used for communications and information technology statistical purposes, audit, evaluation, research, planning and reporting. For more information on how your privacy is safeguarded in relation to web analytics, see the Standard on Privacy and Web Analytics.
Protecting the Security of Government of Canada Websites
Infrastructure Canada employs software programs to monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. This software receives and records the IP address of the computer that has contacted our website, the date and time of the visit and the pages visited. We make no attempt to link these addresses with the identity of individuals visiting our site unless an attempt to damage the site has been detected.
This information is collected pursuant to section 161 of the Financial Administration Act. The information may be shared with appropriate law enforcement authorities if suspected criminal activities are detected. Such information may be used for network security related statistical purposes, audit, evaluation, research, planning and reporting.
Inquiring about these Practices
Any questions, comments, concerns or complaints you may have regarding the administration of the Privacy Act and privacy policies regarding Infrastructure Canada's Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling 613-960-6316 or writing to:
Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator
180 Kent Street, Suite 1100
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 0B6
If you are not satisfied with Infrastructure Canada's response to your privacy concern, you may wish to contact the Office of the Privacy Commissioner by telephone at 1-800-282-1376.
Using Files Located on Non-Government of Canada Servers
To improve the functionality of our 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 Our Official Languages
The Official Languages Act, the Official Languages (Communications with and Services to the Public) Regulations and Treasury Board policy requirements establish when Infrastructure Canada uses both English and French to provide services to or communicate with members of the public. When there is no obligation to provide these in both official languages, content may be available in one official language only. Information provided by entities 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 website visitors.
Linking to Non-Government of Canada Websites
Links to websites not under the control of the Government of Canada are provided solely for the convenience of our website visitors. The government is not responsible for the accuracy, currency or reliability of the content. The government 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, 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.
Ownership and Usage of Content Provided on This Site
Materials on this website were produced and/or compiled by Infrastructure Canada for the purpose of providing Canadians with access to information about the programs and services offered by the Government of Canada. You may use and reproduce the materials as follows:
Unless otherwise specified you may reproduce the materials in whole or in part for non-commercial purposes, and in any format, without charge or further permission, provided you do the following:
- Exercise due diligence in ensuring the accuracy of the materials reproduced;
- Indicate both the complete title of the materials reproduced, as well as the author (where available); and
- Indicate that the reproduction is a copy of the version available at [URL where original document is available].
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 Government of Canada. To obtain permission to reproduce Government of Canada materials on this site for commercial purposes, write to:
180 Kent Street, Suite 1100
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 Government of Canada, the materials are protected under the Copyright Act, and international agreements. Details concerning copyright ownership are indicated on the relevant page(s). To obtain additional information concerning copyright ownership and restrictions, please contact:
180 Kent Street, Suite 1100
Reproduction of Government Symbols Notice
The official symbols of the Government of Canada, including the Canada Wordmark, the Arms of Canada, and the flag symbol may not be reproduced, whether for commercial or non-commercial purposes, without prior written authorization. Request for authorization from the Treasury Board Secretariat may be addressed to:
Federal Identity Program
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
300 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Canada K1A 0R5
In order to make this site more accessible, Infrastructure Canada has employed templates that:
- are HTML5 conformant, to improve compatibility with adaptive technologies, handheld devices, browsers and search engines;
- have been successfully tested on a wide range of adaptive technologies and browser/platform combinations to ensure that Canadians can access Web pages regardless of the technology used;
- include major components, such as the common menu bar, side menu, and content area that are properly marked up with headings to simplify navigation with a screen reader;
- employ no-table layout and design to simplify screen reader navigation by reducing the structural complexity of Web pages;
- improve accessibility by allowing visitors to configure visual elements to meet their accessibility needs;
- use scaleable fonts and text-based navigational elements to improve accessibility and simplify navigation using adaptive technologies;
- provide printer-friendly functionality in the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to render pages more compatible with printers and to prevent printing unnecessary page elements; and
- separate visual presentation from the document structure.
While every reasonable effort has been made to ensure the accessibility of this site, some content or services found here might be inaccessible to some visitors. In those circumstances, the contact information for someone who can assist you can be found on our Contact Us page.
To learn more about Government of Canada programs and services related to accessibility, please visit Persons with Disabilities Online.
Client-side CSS for enhancing accessibility
The design of the Web pages on this Web site is flexible enough to allow you to configure the visual presentation to meet your accessibility needs by using a client-side Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) file.
Most browsers provide the ability to specify a client-side CSS file, which would be applied to every Web page on this Web site that you visit. To take advantage of this feature, proceed to following steps:
- How to create a client-side CSS file, and
- How to configure your browser to use the client-side CSS file
Use of Infrastructure Canada Web Feeds
- Infrastructure Canada does not endorse or support any of the products offered by non-Government of Canada sites.
- You may display the headlines, active links and other information contained in Infrastructure Canada web feeds (the "web feed content") for non-commercial purposes, provided that:
- you do not modify or delete any web feed content;
- you do not post Infrastructure Canada content other than as included in the web feeds;
- you do not redistribute the web feeds; and
- the use or display does not suggest endorsement by Infrastructure Canada.
- When Infrastructure Canada web feeds are displayed publicly, including on a website, you must provide attribution to Infrastructure Canada directly adjacent to the web feed content by including "Infrastructure Canada Headlines" in text. Any other use of Infrastructure Canada web feeds, including use in a commercial setting or use adjacent to advertising of any kind, requires express written permission in advance from Infrastructure Canada.
- Infrastructure Canada reserves the right to discontinue providing web feeds or require that you cease displaying Infrastructure Canada web feed content at any time for any reason. By using the Infrastructure Canada web feeds, you agree to be bound by all of the terms and conditions set forth on this page.
In some cases, news releases have been altered to make them compliant with the Standard on Web Accessibility.
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