Identity Management Sub-Committee

In 2011, a proposal was presented to the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Deputy Ministers’ Table for Service Delivery Collaboration (FPT DM Table) that recommended the creation of an identity management sub-group reporting to the Joint Councils of the Public Sector Service Delivery Council (PSSDC) and the Public Sector Chief Information Officer Council (PSCIOC). This new body, the Identity Management Sub-Committee (IMSC), would represent the next stage resulting from the activities of the FPT Identity Management Steering Committee (FPT- IMSC) established in June 2008.

Jurisdictions agreed that there must continue to be a common place to share information, best practices and to discuss identity management issues specific to the public sector. Furthermore, there must be an inter-jurisdictional mechanism to leverage identity management capabilities developed throughout the public sector, and deal with issues such as changing legislation, or developing long term governance for identity management.

The IMSC reports to the Joint Councils (PSSDC/PSCIOC) which has a strong link with the FPT DM Table, to whom it provides updates on activities and progress reports on activities within jurisdictions. IMSC membership is drawn from members of PSSDC and PSCIOC – each jurisdiction may appoint one senior service delivery representative and one Chief Information Officer representative.

The mandate of the IMSC is to:

  • represent the broader public sector perspective through the facilitation of consultation, dialogue and discussion among the jurisdictions,
  • develop working papers, strategies, policy positions, and recommendations that can be used to provide a consistent pan-Canadian approach to address identity management issues extending beyond the public sector, including long-term identity management governance; and,
  • promote the sharing and flow of information among jurisdictions, including the sharing of best practices, and discussion of issues. This includes the monitoring and reporting of progress on initiatives being carried out within the jurisdictions.