Canada is open to the provision of these types of services.
In March 2016 the Canadian Federal government published a Guideline on Identity Assurance to support its Standard on Identity and Credential Assurance. This Guideline sets out guidelines to enable digital delivery/identification. This shows a recognition by the Canadian government that digital identification is something that needs to be adopted.
There are no special requirements (including licenses) required to offer these services.
We do not have information as to the total size of the Canadian identification services industry.
In 2017, Toronto based SecureKey Technologies announced that it was working on a digital identity network powered by IBM’s blockchain technology. Many of Canada’s large banks (including RBC, TD, Soctiabank, CIBC, BMO and Desjardins) have joined SecureKey’s digital identity ecosystem and have collectively invested nearly $30 million in the Company. SecureKey counts both the Canadian and US governments among its customers.
Nora F. Osbaldeston
William L Northcote