Canada Lands

Canada Lands Company Limited is an arms length, self-financing crown corporation reporting to the Canadian Parliament. We were approached to develop a custom website using the Drupal Content Management System.

Canada Lands Corporation Limited (CLCL for short) appraoched us with a problem : They had a very old Drupal 6 website that was completely out of date. There were sporadic problems with their existing web hosting provider that caused frequent outages, causing communications and visibility problems.

Since the CLCL website largely serves as an important communications and reporting tool, which was also mandated as a requirement from the Canadian Parliament, it was quickly prioritized to migrate their content to a fresh new theme on the latest version of Drupal (8).

The design was a fresh transition from an old outdated layout to a clean, concise and fresh design. The client was pleased with the outcome as well as the problem free transition.


Drupal 6 to Drupal 8 Migration

Drupal 8 is. in many ways, a completely different content management system from its predecessors. Since many features were re-written from the ground up, direct compatibility from older versions of Drupal (especially 6) required extensive research and testing to ensure compatability and content migration would be successful every step of the way.

A detailed audit of the underlying modules, custom code, custom content and everything in between was first performed. The first thing that was migrated was the configuration and settings within D6. This includes site settings, SEO keywords, permissions, users and many other elements of the core Drupal installation.

Next we moved to migrating the content. This would include nodes, taxonomy terms, entities and views were migrated to Drupal 8. Many passes were needed in order to ensure the transition of all the elements was smooth and there weren’t any unforeseen problems.

Toronto Web Development

Web Development

Each project we encounter, large or small, typically will have custom requirements. Through analysis, due diligence and research we will formulate a concise development strategy where the appropriate technology, CMS or framework will be chosen that best suits the unique requirements from timeline to budget to integration and functionality.

We will work with you to develop a concise development plan. We can custom develop on top of an existing CMS or roll out a web framework from scratch.

Web design in Toronto


Shift8 provides high quality Web Design services to businesses in and around Toronto. We strive to provide a complete end-to-end design service to satisfy your unique web design needs and requirements.

We will be there every step of the way from the initial planning phase, to wireframe and mockups, to the project deployment and management until the completion and launch of your project including post launch maintenance and revisions.

Toronto responsive web design


Developing a website that is responsive is no longer a new requirement, its mandatory. We use industry standard tools and best practices to incorporate framework and scaffolding to ensure your website responds on the many different screen widths across many different mobile and tablet devices.

Gone are the days of a “mobile only” website. We will design your site for desktop, mobile, tablet, portrait and landscape viewing. And it will be beautiful!

Web strategy and project management


We offer strategic planning and consultation services for everything from developing a project roadmap to establishing milestones through collaborative continuous improvement. We will work with you to identify all the needs, requirements, deadlines and expectations, to ensure the path to project completion is prudent and predictable.

We use industry standard techniques and best practices to manage our projects from start to finish.

Shift8 uses bleeding edge web frameworks like React for development projects


Using modern technologies to build robust web stacks with a unique case-by-case approach allows us to have the freedom to tailor make every solution from the ground up.

We utilize full stack frameworks and technologies that complement the collective experience among development teams. From the latest JS frameworks to PHP and Python based frameworks and everything in between, everything is considered and carefully evaluated from an full end-to-end perspective.

At Shift8, we cater to all sorts of businesses in and around Toronto from small, medium, large and enterprise projects. We are comfortable adapting to your existing processes and try our best to compliment communication and collaboration to the point where every step of the way is as efficient as possible.

Our projects are typically broken into 5 or 6 key “milestones” which focus heavily on the design collaboration in the early stages. We mock-up any interactive or unique page within your new website so that you get a clear picture of exactly how your design vision will be translated into a functional website.

Using tools like Basecamp and Redpen, we try to make the process simple yet fun and effective. We will revise your vision as many times as necessary until you are 100% happy, before moving to the functional, content integration and development phases of the project.

For the projects that are more development heavy, we make sure a considerable amount of effort is spent in the preliminary stages of project planning. We strongly believe that full transparency with a project development plan ensures that expectations are met on both sides between us and the client. We want to ensure that the project is broken into intelligent phases with accurate budgetary and timeline breakdowns.

Approved design mock-ups get translated into a browse-ready project site where we revise again and again until you are satisfied. Client satisfaction is our lifeblood and main motivation. We aren’t happy until you are.

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