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About the Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC)

Created as a result of the federal government’s Task Force for the Payments System Review, the DIACC is a non-profit coalition of public and private sector leaders committed to developing a Canadian digital identification and authentication framework to enable Canada’s full and secure participation the global digital economy. DIACC members include representatives from both the federal and provincial levels of government as well as private sector leaders.

The DIACC’s objective is to unlock economic opportunities for Canadian consumers, and businesses by providing the framework to develop a robust, secure, scalable and privacy enhancing digital identification and authentication ecosystem that will decrease costs for governments, consumers, and business while improving service delivery and driving GDP growth.

DIACC History

Between 2010-2012, Canadian Finance Minister Flaherty appointed the Task Force for the Payments System Review. One of the key recommendations of that Task Force was that digital ID and authentication are integral to the success of digital payments and to Canada’s digital economy.

A working group was created with representatives of the public and private sectors, privacy commissioners offices, and consumer advocates to better understand the subject. The working group developed a vision of a robust, secure, scaleable, and privacy-enhancing structure for transacting online and the DIACC was created to continue the activities of the working group after the wrap-up of the Task Force.


The Digital ID & Authentication Council of Canada shall:

  • Catalyze changes and set the strategic direction for digital ID and authentication for the public and private sectors in Canada.
  • Develop and recommend harmonizing policies, standards, and regulatory changes with international benchmarks that further the strategic direction such as standardization of levels of assurance in digital identity, and liability models for digital ID and authentication.
  • Enforce the minimum requirements necessary to enter the digital ID and authentication ecosystem.
  • Promote interoperability between participants in the digital ID and authentication ecosystem, and with international digital ID and authentication schemes.
  • Provide a forum to foster collaboration among digital ID and authentication ecosystem participants, to formalize existing standards and to create new ones.
  • Provide operating guidelines to the marketplace, and set certification processes to ensure that digital ID and authentication is known for delivering efficient, secure, safe, reliable, privacy-enhancing transactions.
  • Ensure that Canada’s digital ID and authentication ecosystem is accessible to all.
  • Promote public understanding and accelerate the adoption of digital ID and authentication in Canada.