Canada Announces and European Commission to Examine Use of Digital Credentials

François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry, on November 22nd announced a partnership between the government of Canada and the European Commission to examine the use of digital credentials. This partnership will help enable interoperability and mutual support for digital certificates.

The minister announced that the government and the European Commission are using a series of workshops to explore digital credentials. These workshops aim to examine both jurisdictions' current technology and policy landscapes and identify gaps and areas of commonality. 

The findings and recommendations from these discussions have been summarised into a report1 called 'Canada and the European Union Joint Workshop Series for Enabling Interoperability and Mutual Support for Digital Credentials.' With other countries, Canada and the European Commission plan to address the report's recommendations and collaborate on digital credentials research and innovations.

A digital credential is a digital record of a claim made by a business, an organization, or an individual. It serves as a digital representation of a physical certificate or information.

The government of Canada is working on using the power of digital and data transformation while protecting the citizens' privacy and personal data. It aims to increase security, privacy, efficiency, and accessibility for businesses, organizations working online, and individuals.