CIO Strategy Council Announces New National Standard for Digital Trust and Identity

OTTAWA, September 2, 2020 The CIO Strategy Council is pleased to announce the publication of a new National Standard of Canada for digital trust and identity.

Increasingly, organizations are needing to assert and consume digital identity with trust and confidence, for the purposes of delivering products or services.

The National Standard of Canada, CAN/CIOSC 103-1, Digital trust and identity – Part 1: Fundamentals, specifies minimum requirements and a set of controls for creating and maintaining trust in digital systems and services that, as part of an organization’s mandate, assert and or consume identity and credentials in data pertaining to people and organizations. It codifies state of the art thinking as an official Canadian standard and aims to accelerate the adoption of the Pan Canadian Trust Framework in Canada, while providing needed flexibility for Canadian businesses exporting products and services globally.

The national standard applies to all organizations, including public and private companies, government entities, and not-for-profit organizations. It may be applied to either digital systems and services that are used within an identity context, or to those that are used and applied across identity contexts i.e. in a credential and/or identity federation.

It was prepared by the CIO Strategy Council technical committee on digital trust and identity, comprised of thought leaders and experts in identity and data management, privacy and related subjects from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

This National Standard of Canada is available at no cost, in both of Canada’s official languages, and can be viewed here.

About CIO Strategy Council
The CIO Strategy Council (CIOSC) provides a forum for Canada’s most forward-thinking chief information officers to focus on collectively transforming, shaping, and influencing the Canadian information and technology ecosystem. The Council has deployed a nationally-accredited, agile, and consensus-based standards-setting process that matches the speed of innovation and advancement in ICT. Learn more at


For more information, please contact:

Matthew MacNeil
Director, Standards and Technology
CIO Strategy Council

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