The Federal Identity Program (FIP) is a Government of Canada managed program, created to provide a consistent, accurate and unified image for federal government projects and activities. FIP policy makes each institution responsible for managing its corporate identity within the framework of the government-wide policy and standards.
Because individual departments or agencies can manage their own corporate identity and determine the areas of application based on their requirements, it has remained crucial that assistance is provided through a suite of manuals in order to manage and facilitate FIP standards. Each manual is indexed by a number relating to its area of application, with further sub-sections expanded with the hierarchy of each section. So in this example, signage projects fall into section 4, and signage typeface expands to form manual 4.5.
The primary objective of this manual is to set out the design of the signage typeface (Helvetica) as well as describing the spacing system to be used in application (with examples). The typeface was adopted to provide a graphic standard for the government’s signage system and to achieve consistency in the production of signs.