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Covid Has Accelerated Canadians’ Demand for Digital ID


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  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • 26 February 2021

Three quarters of Canadians now want a secure digital identity to access online services

The pandemic has seen a massive move to digital services, with use cases including electronic health records, remote learning, and distributing government aid. These, says Joni Brennan of the Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC), could all be improved and made more secure through the implementation of a digital identity scheme.

“A digital ID would help to keep Canadians’ data secure and pan-government services easier to access as we move through the pandemic to recovery. This means adopting the Pan-Canadian trust framework.”

A new survey shows that that the majority of Canadian citizens want the government to expedite the roll out of digital ID, and believe that a trust framework around the use of the system would be best drawn up through a joint effort by both public and private sectors.

‘As policymakers consider how best to invest to support Canada’s post-pandemic economic recovery, prioritizing the issuance of trusted digital ID credentials to all Canadians must be a priority,’ stated Dave Nikolejsin, the DIACC’s Board Chair

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