To provide you with a more streamlined and personalized online experience, we collect and retain information on how you interact with our website and other sites using data files known as "cookies."
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file stored on your computer or device by the websites you visit and by advertising companies and partners of these websites.
Cookies are useful because they help us arrange the content and layout of our website and recognize those computers that have been to our website before. They allow us to remember visitors’ preferred settings and play an important role in helping us enhance the usability and performance of our website, improve our services and optimize the user experience.
Some cookies are essential for navigating the website and using the features. Cookies help us understand how visitors interact with our website by allowing us to identify the most popular sections and topics, and the paths visitors take. They also help us present the information that best suits your needs and interests.
The cookies we use and their functions
Functional cookies enable you to move around our website easily and use its functions, such as accessing secure areas. They remember your preferences, such as language choice or region. They securely save identification and authentication information, such as your user name (if you so wish), when you sign in to our Internet services. Without cookies, certain sections of our website or services would simply not function.
Performance cookies monitor our website performance and measure the number of visitors, how often they visit the site and how they use the site. They provide information that helps us offer the products best suited to visitors.
Advertising cookies are used to recognize you and present you with tailored offers. Information about your visits to different websites is collected over time by your browser. This information is used to predict your preferences and present you with the ads that are most likely to interest you.
Some cookies are only kept on your computer during your browsing session, i.e., until you leave our website (these are known as “session” cookies), whereas other cookies remain in your browser after the session unless they expire or are deleted (these are known as “persistent” cookies).
You are not obliged to accept cookies and can modify your browser settings accordingly. The browser you use to browse the Web not only allows you to see the cookies you have but also allows you to control their use.
You can control them by allowing them, deleting them individually or deleting all of them. You can also set your browser to not accept cookies altogether. If this option is selected, note that our website may not function properly.
It may be possible to set your browser to ask for your consent each time a cookie is sent to your device. This gives you control over what is stored on your device; however, it may slow down your browsing experience.
You can also disable third-party cookies (i.e., those sent by other websites). This could reduce "behavioural advertising". Some browsers even allow you to stop specific companies from storing cookies.
Information on cookies
You can find further information on cookies on the following websites:
- Information About Cookies on Microsoft.com
- Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
- The Digital Advertising Alliance of Canada