Acknowledgement and Disclaimer Guide for Organizations Receiving Funding for Capital Projects Through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program

June 8, 2010

1.0 Introduction

This document provides general guidelines for groups or organizations undertaking capital projects funded by the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program (either through the Community Anniversaries or Legacy Fund components) on meeting the Government of Canada’s acknowledgement requirements.

The guidelines set the usage standard for the Government of Canada wordmark, funding acknowledgement, and disclaimer. They are designed to provide a clear and consistent visual image for activities and printed material relating to the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program.

2.0 Acknowledgement Application

Unless notified otherwise in writing by the Department of Canadian Heritage, organizations receiving funding through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program must acknowledge the financial contribution of the Government of Canada on all capital projects, publications, websites and any other material funded by the Community Anniversaries or Legacy Fund components. Acknowledgement of the Government of Canada's financial contribution does not need to appear on internal documents.

The appropriate acknowledgement consists of the following clause, followed by the Canada wordmark:

This project has been supported by the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program, Department of Canadian Heritage.

Ce projet a été appuyé par le Programme Développement des communautés par le biais des arts et du patrimoine du ministère de Patrimoine canadien.

If space is limited, the following short form funding clause (followed by the wordmark) may be used with prior approval:

With the participation of the Government of Canada

Avec la participation du gouvernement du Canada 

This clause is also used for signage and acknowledgement at public events.

Please note: This is the general acknowledgement policy. Please see sections 6.0 to 13.0 below for more specific acknowledgement options.

3.0 Disclaimer Application

The following disclaimer should also appear directly after the funding acknowledgement clause on all publications and websites (except when use of the short form funding clause has been pre-approved):

The opinions expressed in this publication (or on this website) do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Les opinions exprimées dans cette publication (ou sur ce site Web) ne reflètent pas forcément celles du ministère du Patrimoine canadien. 

4.0 Language Requirements

Acknowledgement must always appear in both official languages, regardless of the language of the publication.

Bilingual publications include those where French and English appear side-by-side, one after the other, or in a bilingual flip format (one side is English, the other French). For bilingual publications, use the English-first version when English appears first (side-by-side or one after the other), or on the English side of bilingual flip formats, and vice versa for the French. For unilingual publications, use the acknowledgement option with the publication’s language first.

Where printed material is produced in separate but equal unilingual versions or in a bilingual flip format, the material presented in one official language should state that the material is available in the other official language, using words such as Français au verso” (English on reverse) or “Version française disponible” (Also available in English).

Sample English, French and bilingual versions of each acknowledgement option are outlined below in Section 6.0.

5.0 Types of Funded Projects

Funded capital projects under the Community Anniversaries component can include, but not be limited to, books, DVDs, the restoration of an artefact, installation of a sculpture or art object.

Funded capital projects under the Legacy Fund component must transform existing buildings or exterior spaces and can include, but not be limited to, the renovation of an historic building or community hall, installation of a statue or monument, or creation of a public park or garden.

In the case of larger capital projects, such as buildings, sculptures, murals and parks, the Department will, at its own discretion, provide a plaque acknowledging the Government of Canada’s financial assistance to the Recipient for placement on or within a reasonable distance of the project. An example of the plaque is provided in section 6.5.

If the Recipient intends to install their own plaque or incorporate the acknowledgement in planned messaging on a monument, they may be exempt from installing the Government-issued plaque, provided they obtain pre-approval from the Program of the bilingual message. In this case, please contact us to inquire about alternate acknowledgement options.

For smaller capital projects, such as the restoration of an historic artefact for a museum, the Recipient must place an acknowledgement box within a reasonable distance of the object. A plaque will not be issued for such smaller objects.

6.0 Acknowledgement Options

For electronic versions of options 6.1 to 6.4, please contact us.

Acknowledgement should appear on the inside front cover of a publication or any print material funded through the Program. Acknowledgement should appear at the bottom right corner of a pamphlet, poster, etc.

6.1 Acknowledgement box


This project has been supported by the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program, Department of Canadian Heritage.

Ce projet a été appuyé par le Programme Développement des communautés par le biais des arts et du patrimoine du ministère de Patrimoine canadien.

Canada wordmark which serves as the global identifier of the Government of Canada. The word Canada appears with a flag symbol over the final a.








6.2 Acknowledgement box with disclaimer


This project has been supported by the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program, Department of Canadian Heritage. The opinions expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Ce projet a été appuyé par le Programme Développement des communautés par le biais des arts et du patrimoine du ministère de Patrimoine canadien. Les opinions exprimées dans cette publication ne reflètent pas forcément celles du ministère de Patrimoine canadien.

Canada wordmark which serves as the global identifier of the Government of Canada. The word Canada appears with a flag symbol over the final a.











6.3 Web acknowledgement box with disclaimer


This project has been supported by the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program, Department of Canadian Heritage. The views expressed in this website do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Ce projet a été appuyé par le Programme Développement des communautés par le biais des arts et du patrimoine du ministère de Patrimoine canadien. Les opinions exprimées sur ce site Web ne reflètent pas forcément celles du ministère de Patrimoine canadien.


Canada wordmark which serves as the global identifier of the Government of Canada. The word Canada appears with a flag symbol over the final a.











6.4 Short form funding clause


With the participation of the Government of Canada

Avec la participation du gouvernement du Canada


Canada wordmark which serves as the global identifier of the Government of Canada. The word Canada appears with a flag symbol over the final a.






6.5 Bronze plaques for capital projects

Bronze plaques for capital projects. The plaques read: <q>“Supported by the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program”</q> accompanied by the Canada wordmark

The bronze plaques are weatherproof and produced in two sizes. The larger one, measuring 14cmX28cm is intended for larger projects, like buildings. The smaller one, measuring 10.5cmX21cm is for smaller projects, such as monuments. Plaques will be prepared and shipped at the Department’s expense.

7.0 Acknowledgement at Events

All materials (including invitations, participants’ kits, promotional signs, banners etc.) produced for an event related to the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program must contain the short-form funding clause.

This also applies to PowerPoint presentations and other similar visual or multimedia presentations used to promote the anniversary. Speeches and public presentations pertaining to the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program, or any of its components or projects, must also acknowledge the participation of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.

8.0 Acknowledgement on Websites

When using the web acknowledgement box with disclaimer on a website related to the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program, the reference to the Department of Canadian Heritage should link to www.pch.gc.ca, and the reference to the Government of Canada should link to www.gc.ca.

9.0 Acknowledgement on Audio/Visual Products

On audio/visual products (film, video, television PSA etc.), the acknowledgement must appear in the production credits, usually at the end of the production. The voiceover must say “With the participation of the Government of Canada”, followed by the Canada wordmark onscreen. For most projects, there will be other funding organizations. In those cases, the Canada wordmark must figure prominently amongst the list of contributors in the production credits.

10.0 Acknowledgement on Radio Public Service Announcements or Advertisements

The following acknowledgement should be featured at the end of radio public service announcements:

Brought to you by (insert name of your organization), the Government of Canada, and this station.

Une présentation de (insert name of your organization), du gouvernement du Canada, et de cette station.

The following acknowledgement should be featured at the end of paid radio advertisements:

Brought to you by (insert name of your organization) and the Government of Canada.

Une présentation de (insert name of your organization) et du gouvernement du Canada.

11.0 Acknowledgement Along with Other Corporate Sponsors

When several partners contribute to the project but the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program remains the primary funding organization, the acknowledgement box must appear. If the publication also includes a special section for partners (list and official logos of all organizations), the short-form funding clause must be used as the identifier.

12.0 When in Doubt, Check it Out

If recipient organizations have any questions about the application of these guidelines, the use of the Canada wordmark or any other related acknowledgement, made orally or in writing, they are encouraged to contact the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage Program.

13.0 Canada Wordmark Specifications

This section provides further information for graphic designers or persons responsible for developing graphic materials.

The Canada wordmark is the universal symbol of the Government of Canada, consisting of the word “Canada” (set in modified Baskerville type), along with a small Canadian flag:

The following rules form the basis of the Government of Canada’s Federal Identity Program(FIP) and must be followed when using the wordmark.

13.1 Visual criteria

When using the wordmark, the following criteria apply:

  • It must not be altered at any time or in any way.
  • It must be clearly separate, free from close association with any interfering or distracting elements.
  • It may not appear on a visually conflicting background.
  • The wordmark must never be used in a title, expression or sentence.

13.2 Colour

Printing ink colours 
The following inks meet the requirements for FIP red:
General Printing Ink No. 0‑712;
Inmont Canada Ltd. No. 4T51577;
Rieger Inks No. 25564;
Sinclair and Valentine No. RL163929/0

Note: To test consistency in the reproduction of FIP red, reflection density measurements should be made on a McBeth Model No. 1155SPI (or equivalent) densitometer. Reflection density using Wratten 58 (green) filter should be not less than 0.80 and not greater than 1.10 density units.

Four colour process 
When printing FIP red in four colour process, the correct ratio is 100% yellow and
100% magenta.

Pantone colour specifier
Although not official, colours PMS032 and PMS485 are accepted as equivalents in the industry.

Please Note: The colours of the wordmark may not be changed at any time. However, when the document is printed in black and white, a black and white version of the wordmark is available and should be used.