Editorial

70% of Canadians want to see government work with private sector to implement Digital ID

“A Pan-Canadian Digital Identity strategy – founded in collaboration, openness, and trust – will help to grow the economy, enhance security, simplify transactions, and drive greater inclusion”

Posted 16 October 2019 by

A new study from Canada’s Digital ID and Authentication Council (DIACC) has found more than 70% of Canadians want to see the public and private sector come together to collaborate on a joint national Digital Identity framework, enabling increased and inclusive access to government benefits, healthcare, e-commerce, and financial services.

DIACC is a non-profit coalition of public and private sector leaders committed to developing a Canadian Digital Identification and authentication framework

The survey also discovered that Canadians are comfortable using a digital ID to authenticate their online engagement with day-to-day service providers, in industries such as

  • Government agencies (76%)
  • Financial institutions (75%)
  • Healthcare providers (74%)
  • Credit card (66%)
  • Telecomm (63%)
  • eCommerce (63%)

“Digital ID has far-reaching impacts for all Canadians, and we are thrilled that Canadians see the value in this and are eager to see governments and the private sector working together to achieve this,” said Joni Brennan, DIACC President.

“A Pan-Canadian Digital Identity strategy – founded in collaboration, openness, and trust – will help to grow the economy, enhance security, simplify transactions, and drive greater inclusion.”

The survey also found that Canadians are concerned with how social media platforms store their personal information; just a third (34%) trust social media platforms to keep their information secure, compared to the 83% who are more trusting of government and financial institutions (81%) with their personal information.

Finally, while Canadians need to understand and educate themselves better about Digital ID, almost half of Canadians (46 per cent) claim they are familiar with the concept of Digital ID.

Created as a result of Ottowa’s Task Force for the Payments System Review, the DIACC is a non-profit coalition of public and private sector leaders committed to developing a Canadian Digital Identification and authentication framework to enable the country’s full and secure participation in the global economy.

DIACC members include representatives from both the federal and provincial levels of government as well as private sector leaders.