Discover how Canadian companies are advocating for the creation of a Digital ID as part of a global digital identity plan. Learn about their vision, collaboration efforts, and the potential impact of Digital ID on society.
In a recent white paper published on May 25 by the Digital Identity Laboratory, several prominent Canadian companies, including Telus, Desjardins, Beneva, KPMG, and Vidéotron, have joined forces to call upon the federal government to support the development of a “Digital ID.” This initiative aligns with the United Nations Globalist Agenda 2030, which aims to provide legal identity for all individuals, as outlined in target 16.9 of their Sustainable Development Goals. The white paper explores the importance of digital identity, its integration into everyday life, and the need for collaboration among stakeholders to ensure its successful implementation in Canada.
The Shared Vision of Digital Identity in Canada
Promoting Digital ID as the Way of the Future
The white paper preamble emphasizes the shared vision of digital identity held by private companies serving millions of individuals and businesses in Canada. It aims to foster collaboration, educate the public, and create an environment conducive to adopting digital ID. The paper highlights that digital ID is a necessary evolution for society, aligning with the global trend of countries moving toward digital identification systems.
The Role of Digital ID in Society
Access and Equality for All
The white paper emphasizes that Digital ID will provide access to services and privileges without discrimination, promoting equality and inclusion. By implementing a secure and user-friendly digital ID system, individuals will have control over their personal information. It envisions a future where every aspect of life, such as renting a car, becomes seamlessly integrated into a digital framework that ensures the integrity and authenticity of information.
The United Nations Influence on Digital Identity
The UN’s Agenda 30 and the Need for Inclusive Identification Systems
The white paper directly references the United Nations’ Agenda 30 and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically target 16.9, which calls for the provision of legal identity for all, including birth registration, by 2030. While recognizing the UN’s global call to action, it is important to note that the white paper focuses on the positive aspects of digital identity without delving into the controversial goals of the UN’s Agenda 2030, such as universal access to abortion and so-called gender equality.
Overcoming Challenges and Resistance
Educating the Public and Embracing Change
Acknowledging the potential resistance to the implementation of Digital IDs, the white paper emphasizes the need to educate the public and demonstrate the benefits of digital identity in everyday life. It acknowledges that introducing new concepts and disrupting established habits can be challenging in an increasingly digital world. However, by fostering understanding and showcasing how digital ID facilitates access to public services and businesses, the paper aims to ease concerns and encourage widespread adoption.
The Canadian Government’s Role and Initiatives
A Push for Collaboration and Research
The white paper coincides with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s efforts to implement the anti-family SDGs of the United Nations Agenda 2030. Trudeau, a co-chair of the UN Secretary-General’s SDG Advocates group, has shown support for the agenda and its goals. Additionally, the Trudeau government has commissioned research to explore the creation of a Canada-wide digital ID system, despite previous resistance to national ID programs.
Digital ID Adoption Across Canada
Provinces Taking the Lead
While the implementation of a federal digital ID program faces challenges, several provinces, including Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, and New Brunswick, have already begun promoting digital ID initiatives. These provinces are members of the Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC), emphasizing their commitment to embracing digital identity and its potential benefits.
The white paper co-authored by prominent Canadian companies serves as a catalyst for collaboration, education, and the future implementation of Digital ID in Canada. It aligns with the United Nations’ goal of providing legal identity for all individuals. By addressing concerns, promoting access, and emphasizing the potential for equality and inclusion, the white paper paves the way for a digital future where individuals have control over their personal information. As Canadian companies and the government work together, Digital ID may become an integral part of everyday life, revolutionizing how we interact with public and private organizations in the digital age.