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VA Technical Reference Model v 24.4

Canva for Desktop
Canva for Desktop Technology

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Technologies must be operated and maintained in accordance with Federal and Department security and privacy policies and guidelines. More information on the proper use of the TRM can be found on the TRM Proper Use Tab/Section.

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Description: Canva is a graphic design and publishing technology. This technology`s interface can be used by anyone from novice to experienced designer. Canva includes customizable templates, 100+ design types, and access to 100+ million premium stock photos, videos, audio, and graphics that can be applied to many social media sites, commercial sites, and traditional media such as print, presentations, flyers and video.

The Canva application has products for the web, mobile and a downloadable desktop version for Windows and MacOS.

This technology is available in three editions; Canva Free, Canva Pro, and Canva for Teams. This entry covers all three desktop editions.
  • Canva Free is free for individuals with limited access to templates and photos.
  • Canva Pro is a paid subscription for individuals with premium access to templates and photos. Canva Pro is a free subscription for non-profit or government organizations providing health care.
  • Canva for Teams is for organizations. It is a paid subscription for commercial organizations. It is a free subscription for Educational organizations. Canva for Teams has premium access for templates and photos. It is set up for group collaboration with workplace tools and approval workflows.
The TRM decisions in this entry only apply to technologies and versions owned, operated, managed, patched, and version-controlled by VA. This includes technologies deployed as software installations on VMs within VA-controlled cloud environments (e.g., VA Enterprise Cloud (VAEC)). Cloud services provided by the VAEC, which are listed in the VAEC Service Catalog, and those controlled and managed by an external Cloud Service Provider (i.e., SaaS) are not in the purview of the TRM. For more information on the use of cloud services and cloud-based products within VA, including VA private clouds, please see the Enterprise Cloud Solutions Office (ECSO) Portal at:

This entry covers the Desktop Edition of this technology and not any mobile versions. Please note that the implementation of mobile technology applications that operate on Mobile Operating Systems must be reviewed and approved by the Mobile Technology and Endpoint Security Engineering Team:
Technology/Standard Usage Requirements: Users must ensure their use of this technology/standard is consistent with VA policies and standards, including, but not limited to, VA Handbooks 6102 and 6500; VA Directives 6004, 6513, and 6517; and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards, including Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS). Users must ensure sensitive data is properly protected in compliance with all VA regulations. Prior to use of this technology, users should check with their supervisor, Information Security Officer (ISO), Facility Chief Information Officer (CIO), or local Office of Information and Technology (OI&T) representative to ensure that all actions are consistent with current VA policies and procedures prior to implementation.
Section 508 Information: This technology has not been assessed by the Section 508 Office. The Implementer of this technology has the responsibility to ensure the version deployed is 508-compliant. Section 508 compliance may be reviewed by the Section 508 Office and appropriate remedial action required if necessary. For additional information or assistance regarding Section 508, please contact the Section 508 Office at
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Decision Source: TRM Mgmt Group
Decision Process: One-VA TRM v24.4
Decision Date: 04/01/2024 at 00:55:45 UTC
Aliases: Canva app
Introduced By: TRM Request
Vendor Name: Canva
- The information contained on this page is accurate as of the Decision Date (04/01/2024 at 00:55:45 UTC).