Canada's Digital Interchange

In 2015, the Government of Canada, along with P/T partners, proposed to create a secure, scalable messaging service to facilitate information exchange across jurisdictions referred to as “Canada’s Digital Interchange,” or CDI. The initiative has three key goals:

1. Develop the policies, standards and protocols required to share and use identity information for service purposes, and
2. Find a practical, secure and cost-effective information technology solution that will allow parties to confirm identity information, and/or provide updated information between relevant jurisdictions and programs where legal authority exists to do so; and
3. To implement a solution without creating any new databases or repositories of personal information.
Once CDI is functional for governments, it may expand, at a later date, to include limited access to other orders of government and certain private sector entities that have a regulatory requirement for collecting and confirming identity information.

• Identity information is shared efficiently and securely within and between jurisdictions.
• Identity information sharing between jurisdictions in transparent – citizens and residents understand how and why their information is shared, and are partners with government in protecting their identity.
• New programs and services are able to quickly onboard to CDI.
• The implementation of CDI will facilitate greater service innovation and more secure, convenient services for citizens and residents of Canada.

Please click here to access the full repository of the Canada’s Digital Interchange Working Group. Access is granted to members’ only. Password required.