Jun 1, 2020 in Interoperability by DIACC

Request for Comment and IPR Review: PCTF Credentials (Relationships & Attributes) Draft Recommendations V1.0

STATUS: This review is now closed. Thank you for your participation!

Notice of Intent: DIACC is collaborating to develop and publish a Credentials (Relationships & Attributes) industry standard as a component of the Pan-Canadian Trust Framework (PCTF) to set a baseline of public and private sector interoperability of identity services and solutions.

To learn more about the Pan-Canadian vision and benefits-for-all value proposition please review the Pan-Canadian Trust Framework Overview.

Document Status: These review documents have been approved as Draft Recommendations V1.0 by the DIACC’s Trust Framework Expert Committee (TFEC) that operates under the DIACC controlling policies.

Summary: This component specifies conformance criteria that Digital Identity Ecosystem Participants can use to assess the degree to which the ecosystem protects the use of digital Credentials. The scope of this component includes features of the digital Credential lifecycle and focuses on ensuring transparency and auditability as the primary methods for building trust across the Entities involved. Additional information can be found in the Component Overview linked below.

Invitation: All interested parties are invited to comment.

Period: Opens: June 1, 2020 at 23:59 PST | Closes: July 2, 2020 at 23:59 PST

Document: PCTF Credentials (Relationships & Attributes)

When reviewing this draft, consider the following and note that responses to these questions are non-binding and serve to improve the PCTF.

  1. The purpose of this component is to describe processes related to attributes and relationships. Is that sufficiently clear throughout the document?
  2. Is the title of this component sufficiently reflective of its contents?
  3. Are the attributes and relationships processes clearly explained?
  4. Is the distinction between the Define Attribute process, which describes a type or class of Attribute, and the Bind Attribute process, which describes the creation of an instance of an Attribute, sufficiently clear?
  5. Is the distinction between the Define Relationship process, which describes a type or class of Relationship, and the Declare Relationship process, which describes the creation of an instance of a Relationship, sufficiently clear?

Intellectual Property Rights: Comments must be received within the 30-day comment period noted above. All comments are subject to the DIACC contributor agreement; by submitting a comment you agree to be bound by the terms and conditions therein. DIACC Members are also subject to the Intellectual Property Rights Policy. Any notice of an intent not to license under either the Contributor Agreement and/or the Intellectual Property Rights Policy with respect to the review documents or any comments must be made at the Contributor’s and/or Member’s earliest opportunity, and in any event, within the 30-day comment period. IPR claims may be sent to review@diacc.ca. Please include “IPR Claim” as the subject.


  • All comments are subject to the DIACC contributor agreement.
  • Submit comments using the provided DIACC Comment Submission Spreadsheet.
  • Reference the draft and corresponding line number for each comment submitted.
  • Email completed DIACC Comment Submission Spreadsheet to review@diacc.ca.
  • Questions may be sent to review@diacc.ca.

Value to Canadians: The PCTF Credentials (Relationships & Attributes) Component will provide value to all Canadians, businesses, and governments by setting a baseline of business, legal, and technical interoperability. The DIACC’s mandate is to collaboratively develop and deliver resources to help Canadian’s to digitally transact with security, privacy, and convenience. The PCTF is one such resource that represents a collection of industry standards, best practices, and other resources that help to establish interoperability of an ecosystem of identity services and solutions. The DIACC is a not-for-profit coalition of members from the public and private sector who are making a significant and sustained investment in accelerating Canada’s Identity Ecosystem.

Context: The purpose of this Draft Recommendation review is to ensure transparency in the development and diversity of a truly Pan-Canadian, and international, input. In alignment with our Principles for an Identity Ecosystem, processes to respect and enhance privacy are being prioritized through every step of the PCTF development process.

DIACC expects to modify and improve these Draft Recommendations based upon public comments. Comments made during the review will be considered for incorporation into the next drafts and DIACC will prepare a Disposition of Comments to provide transparency with regard to how each comment was handled.  

Thank you for your support and participation in this review period.