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Ontario Seeks Public Input to Help Shape Digital ID Program

– Ontario Treasury Board Secretariat

  • News
  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • 5 February 2021

Ontario has launched a public consultation for input on its plans to implement a digital ID by the end of this year

Ontario plans to develop a digital ID scheme that will give citizens more efficient access to services. Through online surveys, available from February 2nd to 26th, the government hopes to gain insight on the public's concerns and priorities about the scheme.

“Potential uses of a digital ID include:

A parent could more easily access their children's immunization records and share them online with their school.

A small business owner could reduce red tape by registering for licences and permits or opening new accounts online.

A farmer could register a farm vehicle online without travelling to government offices to prove their personal identity.”

The Ontario government stresses that through privacy-preserving technology and encryption, people’s personal information will be secure, while the initiative will reduce the risk of identity fraud. The digital ID will be optional, with physical documents remaining a valid method of identity verification.

By using this innovative technology, users will be in full control of what identity information is shared and with whom

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