Federating identity management

In 2009, Federating Identity Management in the Government of Canada: A Backgrounder was finalized. This document describes the federal government's vision of federating identity management to develop next-generation online authentication services. This vision, in conjunction with the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat's Directive on Identity Management, provides the direction for developing additional policy instruments and implementing technological solutions. The vision, as outlined in the document, provides the basis upon which the Government of Canada works together with other partners, the provinces and territories to develop interoperable and standards-based solutions.

The Chief Information Officer Branch (CIOB) is leading several key activities in support of this approach, including the following:

Federating identity management represents the next major step for the Government of Canada's Cyber Authentication Renewal Initiative, which was implemented in 2012. This interdepartmental initiative created a federation of credentials (username and password), which provides choice and convenience to clients and secure, reliable access to Government of Canada online services. Through this initiative, CIOB provides community leadership, strategic direction and policy development, including the following:

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