Building the Canadian Digital Identity Metasystem

Alex Benay describes how a national Identity program is a keystone foundation for a Canadian digital economy blueprint, enabling Canada’s trusted digital identity vision.

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Canada - A Nation of Digital Identity

In their blog ‘Why Canada Needs a Digital ID Framework‘ DIACC describes a compelling argument for accelerating the development and adoption of a Canadian digital identity system, enabling the country to become a ‘nation of digital identity’.

As Neil Parmenter from the Canadian Bankers Association explains it would provide a universal framework, an ecosystem, for accelerating digital capabilities across all industries such as Digital Banking.

Solution Accelerator

Self-Sovereign Identity for Canadian Digital Government

Our program provides an ongoing set of blueprints for Self Sovereign Identity-enabled Digital Government services architecture.

What is Self-Sovereign Identity?

Solving the identity silo problem begins with a digital identity that you literally own, not just control — a self-sovereign identity.

When combined with verifiable claims, it enables any person, organization, or thing to interact directly with any other person, organization or thing, with trust and privacy.

Digital Leadership

Exemplar Case Studies

The guide shares case studies leading adopters pioneering the deployment of Self-Sovereign Identity for transformational Digital Government use cases, including the Alberta Credential Ecosystem and British Columbia’s OrgBook project.

Ecosystem of Credentials: ATB, Telus & Customers - Mike Brown, ATB Financial - youtube
Standards and Best Practices


The program is supported by an e-learning knowledge base, documenting key standards and best practices such as the PCTF – Pan Canadian Trust Framework.

Case Studies and Best Practices

Anchors and Rails of a Digital Nation – Forging Self Sovereign Identity in the Age of the Blockchain

SSI will provide the foundation infrastructure for Canada's digital economy.

ACE - Alberta Credential Ecosystem

Alberta has formed a local ecosystem of collaborating organizations sharing SSI credentials for improving their shared workflows.

British Columbia OrgBook

BC has developed a digital marketplace matching organizations applying for permits to those who issue them, verifying the integrity of that process through SSI methods.