Print and Electronic Documents
The printed budget document is the official version as produced by the Department of
Finance Canada. The Department assumes no responsibility for any discrepancies that may
have been transmitted in the electronic version.
In order to make this site more accessible, the Department of Finance Canada has
employed templates that meet the following conditions:
- are XHTML 1.0 Strict-conformant, to improve compatibility with adaptive technologies,
hand-held 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 a 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 that has no tables in order to simplify screen reader
navigation by reducing the structural complexity of Web pages;
- improve accessibility by allowing visitors to configure visual elements to meet their
- use scalable fonts and text-based navigational elements to improve accessibility and
simplify navigation using adaptive technologies;
- provide printer-friendly functionality in Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to render
pages more compatible with printers and to prevent printing unnecessary page elements;
- separate visual presentation from the document structure.
Alternative Document Formats and Plug-ins
All budget documents are available in HTML as the primary format. They are also
available for download on the Department of Finance Canada website as a single self
extracting archive (budget08.exe). Further instructions are available on the “Using the Finance Canada FTP site” page.
In some cases, alternative formats are available.
Word Processing Software
Media Players (for viewing multimedia content)
To enjoy the Budget 2009 multimedia features, you will need to download and install the appropriate players.
- Flash Player: Use Adobe Flash
Player to view the full budget story with the help of animation, charts, short video
clips of Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty taking viewers through the budget’s key
features and a slide show presentation with explanatory voice-over.
Windows Media Player: Use Windows Media Player to view a livecast of the Minister delivering the
budget speech in the House of Commons.
If you encounter technical difficulties on this site or have difficulty accessing any
of the content available here, please contact the webmaster at firstname.lastname@example.org.