Web Property Approvals and Exemptions Process

Governance provides strategic guidance, direction and accountability which are critical aspects of creating a unified citizen-centered web presence.

All B.C. government custom or specialized web properties need to adhere to the web properties business requirements and approval process.

Before completing a Web Property Application:

Business Requirements

  1. Only B.C. government websites that have prior approval to replicate the B.C. government corporate web presence may use B.C. Government Online Corporate Branding service. Any unauthorized use of this service will be found in infringement of copyright laws according to the Copyright Act
  2. Specialized or custom B.C. government web presence must attain prior approval before implementing online business solutions outside of the corporate platform, CMS Lite
  3. Design and implementation of B.C. government web presence is to be aligned with the Corporate Internet Strategy (PDF) through ministry senior executives
  4. Design and implementation of B.C. government web presence adheres to accessibility and mobile technology practices
  5. Design and implementation of B.C. government web presence stays within corporate online branding styles

The Joint Working Group (JWG) has jurisdiction over the following:

Adapted or customized content

  • Vetting and approval of adapting or customizing content within CMS Lite:
    • Content is identified as core B.C. government content and able to be hosted within CMS Lite
    • Corporate online branding is provided automatically through this service
    • Approvals are required for:
      • Custom URL requests
      • Use of business branding logos

Sites exempted from using the corporate web platform

  • Vetting and approval of requested exemptions from migration to CMS Lite:
    • Content is identified as outside the service scope of CMS Lite and is identified as core B.C. government content
    • Corporate online branding must be adhered to for all applications
    • Expectations:
      • Developers of external web properties are advised to copy and host a local files from gov.bc.ca to apply the correct corporate online branding experience for users
      • No adaptations of the Web Property Developer Guide are allowed. All minimum requirements must be met

B.C. government corporate online branding

  • Vetting and approval of requested exemptions from using the B.C. Government Corporate Online Branding:
    • Content is identified as unique service provision of content that is not identified as core B.C. government content
    • No B.C. Government or ministry corporate branding is to be used on independently branded sites
    • Expectations:
      • The independently branded site must:
        • Describe transparently B.C. government's association or involvement with the organization under an area called "Sponsors", "Stakeholders" or "About Us"
        • The B.C. government approved horizontal logo is to be displayed alongside affiliate logos with the same size ratio as other site logos
      • Sites must adhere to best web practices and accessibility guidelines

Branding

  • Endorsed Marks of B.C. government
    • Example:
      • HealthLinkBC
  • Custom branding of independent or arm's length group
    • Example:
      • Seniors Advocate

Web Addresses (URLs)

  • Shortened web address for promotional purposes (e.g. used on print material or provided over the phone)
    • Example:
      • from http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/home/services-a-z
      • to www2.gov.bc.ca/services
  • New, transfer or renewal of unique web address for promotional purposes (e.g. used on print material or provided over the phone)
    • Example:
      • www.databc.gov.bc.ca (using B.C. government identifier) or
      • www.seniorsadvocatebc.ca

Sites

  • Independently branded and hosted public or internally facing website. Application requesting exemptions from using:
    • B.C. government corporate online branding
    • www2.gov.bc.ca web address
    • the corporate web platform, CMS Lite
    • representing B.C. Government directly
      • Reasons:
        • The content provided is not core B.C. government information, data or service
        • Is operated arms length or in partnership with external partners
        • Is required to be independent due to promotional, political or campaign requirements
  • Externally hosted public or internally facing website. Application requesting exemption from using:
    • the corporate web platform, CMS Lite
      • Reasons:
        • The content requires more functionality than the corporate platform, CMS Lite, provides
        • The content is core B.C. government information, data or service
  • Citizen engagement using commenting and moderation services within a specific timeframe. Moderated by GCPE or ministry staff
    • Example:
      • http://tranbc.ca

Applications

  • SharePoint
  • Application development desktop or mobile. Customized design, build and implementation of data modelling, data management or mapping services provided through an external platform
    • Example:
      • DriveBC

 

 

Moving Content to gov.bc.ca

Business areas are required to move their content into CMS Lite, the corporate platform, as part of the Internet Strategy (PDF). Work with your ministry representative to create an action plan, content audit and strategy and arrange CMS Lite access.

Online Public Consultation

Consult with your ministry's communications shop to discuss public consultation business needs.

Find your GCPE Communications Shop contact (PDF)

Web Content & Development Guides

Cross-government groups have developed standards and guides for all B.C. government web properties to adhere to.

Familiarize yourself with the web content and development guides.

Contact Information

Questions regarding B.C. government web property applications? Contact the Joint Working Group Coordinator.

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