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:
Federation of identity management represents the next major step for the Government of Canada's Cyber Authentication Renewal Initiative, currently underway. This is an interdepartmental initiative to define the future of electronic (online) authentication for the Government of Canada to provide secure, reliable access for all Canadians. Through this initiative, CIOB provides community leadership, strategic direction and policy development, including the following: