Overall it really fits and is an excellent contribution to our nation's aesthetic. Distinctly no longer British, funny in a dry way, clean like a Scandinavian without the rigidity, forever fond of Expo '67 and slowly moving past colonialism without erasing it.
It'll suit Justin Trudeau's government perfectly. A nod to his father's 60's legacy but with a "because it's 2015" modernity. It actually kind of resembles the man himself with his native tattoo* and all.
Edit: If the implication is that the font should be used only in conjunction with referencing the logo and Canada 150 milestone, then it should be explicitly stated.
> But how so government of them to impose
> an application process just to get the typeface!
> Especially when the font is supposedly free for
> commercial or non-commercial use.
* This costs no money. (It is free.)
* This requires an approval and license per use.
(It is not free to use when and how you want.)
It COULD be so useful, let's hope they separate the licensing for the logo and the typeface in the future to make the typeface easier to access and use without permission!
The Dutch government also has its 'own' typeface [1,2], used on everything from the official weather reports to tax forms and road signs. Dutch people recognize anything written in it as something meant to be taken seriously.
But then, to me, ‘Dutchness’ in a typeface brings to mind the styles of the 17th century when the Dutch were at the center of printing.
I'm a Canadian and I don't think I should have to register and present a justification of my use of a logo I'm not actually going to use in order to use Canada's new font.