Help - Using this Site


In order to make this website more accessible, Finance Canada has employed templates that:

  • are XHTML 1.0 Strict 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 a layout and design without tables to simplify screen reader navigation by reducing the structural complexity of web pages
  • 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 make pages more compatible with printers and to prevent printing unnecessary page elements separate visual presentation from the document structure

If you cannot access a particular publication or other information, please contact us.


These documents are the final versions of Department of Finance publications. The Department assumes no responsibility for any discrepancies that may have been transmitted with the electronic version. The printed versions of the documents stand as the official record.

SPECIAL NOTE - Tax Treaties

The Department of Finance Canada assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or reliability of any income tax treaty available on this site. The treaties on this site have been prepared for convenience of reference only and have no official sanction.

For all purposes of interpreting and applying the law, users should consult the acts implementing the treaties as passed by Parliament, which are published in the annual Statutes of Canada. The Canada Treaty Series, published by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, could also be consulted.

Consult the Where to Find Canada's Tax Treaties page for details on locating the official versions. These publications are available in most public libraries.

Finding What You Need

Use the Site Map

The Site Map is accessible from all core pages. It provides a listing of the site which can be used to link directly to any part.


Use Search, accessible on the top navigation bar of every page, to search the contents of all Finance Canada WWW site documents.

Using the Advanced Search, you can produce more useful targeted results by searching specific years and/or particular types of content, such as news releases, publications, etc.

For more information, consult the Search Help page.

Department of Finance Controlled Subject Vocabulary

The Vocabulary is used to catalogue web pages on the Finance Canada Website and is applied in an instance of the dc.subject Dublin Core metadata element.

Archived Materials

The Department of Finance at times provides links to the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Government of Canada Web Archive. These links are provided for historical purposes only and some of the content / functionality may not be compatible with today’s technologies.

The Web Archive is a fixed snapshot of our site in the past and cannot be updated. Further information about the Web Archive, such as its scope and limitations, can be accessed at their frequently asked questions page.

Documents and Alternative Formats

Information throughout the FIN website is provided in XHTML as the primary format. In some cases, other software formats are provided as alternatives. To open these alternate formats, you may need to download and install one or more of the following on your computer:

PDF – Portable Document Format. To access these files you must have a PDF reader installed. If you do not already have such a reader, there are numerous PDF readers available for free download or for purchase on the Internet:

RTF – Rich Text format. To access these files use the document conversion features available in most word processing software, or use a file viewer capable of reading RTF.

XLS – Microsoft Excel format. To access these files you will need Microsoft Excel Viewer.


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Media Players — To access audio and video files on this site, you must have a media player installed. If you do not already have a media player, there are numerous media players available for free download or for purchase on the Internet.