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Office of the Prime Minister

In Canada, the Office of the Prime Minister, located in the Langevin Block, on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, is one of the most powerful parts of the government.

The Privy Council Office, which was acting on behalf of the Prime Minister, required a website redesign that would captivate a very discerning audience and provide them with the information necessary to bolster a country.

www.pm.gc.ca - The Office of the Prime Minister is one of the most powerful parts of government. It is comprised of the Prime Minister and his top political staff, who advise the Prime Minister on decisions. The Prime Minister’s website provides all the latest news in decision and policy making as well as offering a glimpse into the Prime Minister’s daily activities and highlighting how Canada is being represented around the world and on key issues.

Objectives

The Privy Council Office, which was acting on behalf of the Prime Minister’s Office, required a website redesign that would captivate a very discerning audience and provide them with the information necessary to bolster a country.

The new website needed to function well, resonate with its audience, and stand-up to security threats.  The White House, NASA, and many other government agencies had recently moved to Drupal.  And we quickly followed in their footsteps.

Goals

  • Migrate from custom web content management system to Drupal 7.
  • Design modernization, including a new creative design and style guide.
  • Ensure the new website was responsive, addressing the growing smartphone audience.
  • Ensure the new website was compliant with WCAG “AA” standards.
  • Ensure the new website met the Government of Canada’s official language requirements (English, French).
  • Ensure website met the Government of Canada’s standard for metadata.

Solution

OPIN was engaged by the Privy Council Office on behalf of the Office of the Prime Minister to plan design, develop, and implement the new website for the Prime Minister of Canada.

The project timeline was very short, with only three months to complete a new creative design, implement the new Drupal system, and develop the required custom theme and modules.  To keep the project on track, our project managers revised the project schedule on a weekly basis, addressing leads and lags when necessary.

Our creative director worked tirelessly with the Prime Minister’s creative team to develop the new designs, which would later be recognized by the International Summit Creative Awards as the the Best Government Web Design of 2014. 

The search interface was powered by Google Search Appliance (GSA). Leveraging existing contributed modules, and extending their functionality with our own custom modules, we implemented Google Search Appliance, including faceted searching.

The Prime Minister’s staff, including the communications department from the Privy Council Office were provided with fundamental Drupal training, ensuring they could effectively manage content.

Awards

It was an honor for me to work on the Prime Minister’s website. I wanted a clean and simple design that would appeal to a very diverse group of people. I didn’t want it to distract from the content of the site. It is extremely rewarding for me to work on a site of this magnitude, knowing that it is targeting an entire country.
Adrian Rylski OPIN Design Lead
  • Project: Website redesign
  • Page Views: 10 Million+
  • Awards: Silver medal in the government website category in the Summit International Awards

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