Trudeau government to introduce national “Digital Identity Program”

By Cosmin Dzsurdzsa – August 10, 2022
A report published last week on revamping the Government of Canada’s digital infrastructure states that the next step to making services more convenient is to introduce a federal “Digital Identity Program.”

Details of the program were scarce in the publication titled Canada’s Digital Ambition 2022 which was signed off by President of the Treasury Board Mona Fortier and the Chief Information Officer of Canada, Catherine Luelo.

Citing the pandemic, the report outlines how a federal framework would also be integrated with provincial digital identities.

“The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need for government services to be accessible and flexible in the digital age. The next step in making services more convenient to access is a federal Digital Identity Program, integrated with pre-existing provincial platforms,” the report explained.

“Digital identity is the electronic equivalent of a recognized proof-of-identity document (for example, a driver’s license or passport) and confirms that ‘you are who you say you are’ in a digital context.”

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Canada’s Digital Ambition 2022
On this page
Introducing the Government of Canada’s Digital Ambition
Document purpose and what’s new
Message from the Chief Information Officer of Canada
Context: a rapidly changing digital landscape
Digital government
Our strategy: transitioning to a more digital government to improve client service
Appendix A: related policy instruments, guidance, plans and strategies
Appendix B: Government of Canada Service and Digital Target Enterprise Architecture
Introducing the Government of Canada’s Digital Ambition
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadians have increasingly worked, shopped, learned, and engaged with government online. Their expectation and need for easy to use, accessible digital options continue to grow, and many public- and private-sector organizations are transforming to use digital technologies to deliver better programs and services.

h/t Tiaka9


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