Trust Framework

What is a
Trust Framework

The DIACC is committed to unlocking 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 everyone while improving service delivery and driving GDP growth.

The DIACC Trust Framework Expert Committee (TFEC) represents a diversity of public and private sector stakeholders who collaborate to deliver resources that help to solve and secure identity including: validated use cases, standards, model agreements, international alignments, and informative policy development recommendations.

Learn more about DIACC industry standards development Pan-Canadian Trust Framework ™

A Trust Framework:

  • Is a set of rules and tools designed to help businesses and governments to develop tools and services that enable information to be verified regarding a specific transaction or particular set of transactions.
  • Is comprised of industry standards and best practices that define the processes to be followed to verify information about a person or a legal entity.
  • Will help solutions to seamlessly work – or interoperate – together by establishing a baseline of requirements of public and private sector services. These services will enable the public and private sectors to create more confidence in transactions with a higher risk profile and value.

Pan-Canadian Trust
Framework ™
Work Programme

The Pan-Canadian Trust Framework ™ (PCTF), is a set of digital ID and authentication industry standards. It is focused on economic benefits and designed to meet current and future Canadian innovation needs.

PCTF documents and artifacts are intended to secure interoperability of public and private sector identity capabilities while prioritizing user-centred design, privacy, security, and convenience of use.

PCTF is an open public resource. It will always be freely available to the public for review and adoption. Drafts are made available for public review and input. PCTF is developed under DIACC’s neutral good governance policies and procedures.

One Framework, Many Partners
Benefits from input of Canada’s federal, provincial, and territorial representatives of the Joint Councils Identity Management Subcommittee (IMSC), the Canadian public and through broad economic sector input.

All Drafts – Notice of intent

TitleStatusScopeNeeds for CanadaNoticeNumber
Glossary

Draft RecommendationA list of terms identified in the PCTF.Stakeholders have identified the need for a common set of definitions to be used to communicate with regard to identity and access management. 2020-03-11DIACC PCTF10
AssessmentComing SoonEstablishes the certification scheme to verify that a process, service, or product conforms with criteria defined in the PCTF.Stakeholders have identified the need for a Trustmark certification program that would verify interoperability of identity solutions and services in alignment with the PCTF.TBA – Q3 2020DIACC PCTF09
Infrastructure (Technology & Operations)Coming SoonDefines criteria, requirements, and guidelines regarding the trustworthiness of IT infrastructure.Stakeholders have identified the need for a set of criteria, requirements, and guidelines regarding the trustworthiness of IT infrastructure. TBA – Q3 2020DIACC PCTF08
Credentials (Relationship & Attributes)Draft RecommendationDefines criteria related to the creation, issuance, and management of credentials existing in digital form.Stakeholders have identified the need for a set of criteria related to the creation, issuance, and management of credentials existing in digital form.2020-06-02DIACC PCTF07
Verified OrganizationDraft RecommendationDefines criteria that allow organizations to exchange trustworthy information about themselves or others (individuals or organizations) with external parties.Stakeholders have identified the need for a set of criteria that allow organizations to exchange trustworthy information about themselves or others (individuals or organizations) with external parties.2020-02-18DIACC PCTF06
Verified Person

Draft RecommendationDefines criteria used to establish that a natural person is real, unique and identifiable.Stakeholders have identified the need for a set of criteria that will be used to establish that a natural person is real, unique and identifiable.2020-03-11DIACC PCTF05
PrivacyDraft RecommendationDefines criteria concerned with the handling of personal data for digital identity purposes. personal data for digital identity purposes. Stakeholders have identified the need for a set of criteria concerned with the handling of personal data for digital identity purposes.2020-03-11DIACC PCTF04
AuthenticationDraft RecommendationDefines criteria used to enable access to digital systems.Stakeholders have identified the need for a set of criteria that will be used to enable access to digital systems.2019-11-21DIACC PCTF03
Notice & ConsentDraft RecommendationsDefines criteria used to formulate a statement about the collection, use and disclosure of personal information, and to obtain a consent decision on that statement from a person authorized to do so.Stakeholders have identified the need for a set of criteria used to formulate a statement about the collection, use and disclosure of personal information, and to obtain a consent decision on that statement from a person authorized to do so.2019-09-10DIACC PCTF02
ModelDraft RecommendationA high-level model of PCTF related contextual information, goals, and objectives.Stakeholders have identified the need for a high-level model to organize the Canadian Digital Identity Ecosystem.2019-06-04DIACC PCTF01
OverviewFinalSets out the vision and value proposition for the PCTF.Canadian citizens and consumers, i.e. end users, are the beneficiaries of trust that will be achieved through service standardization and accountability to the PCTF.2016-08-01DIACC PCTF00