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Canada Plots Digital ID System After WEF Partnership

Canada’s Digital Ambition 2022 includes details about the government working on a federal “Digital Identity Program.”

“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,” a report published by the government reads.

“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.”

Canada is already partnering with the World Economic Forum (WEF) on a digital ID program.

WEF’s Known Traveler Digital Identity website says: “The pilot group, convened by the World Economic Forum, consists of the Government of Canada and the Netherlands, Air Canada, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Montreal-Trudeau International Airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.”