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Digital identity: soon a reality for Quebecers

Quebecers will have a digital identity as of next summer. It will be issued by the Société québécoise d’identité numérique (SQIN), an entity recently created by the new Ministère de la Cybersécurité et du Numérique. 

This digital identity will identify and authenticate individuals digitally, explained Eric Caire, minister of Cybersecurity and Digital Technology, to the newspaper Le Quotidien. The technology that will be used will be blockchain technology, already used in the legal world. The digital identity of Quebecers will have to be downloaded and will only be available on an online platform. This digital identity, along with a password, will grant access to online government services. Thus, if you wish to file your income tax return, renew your driver’s license or renew your health insurance card, it will be possible and faster.

Greater simplicity and speed

According to Minister Eric Caire, this new feature will also improve service at the hospital. Information will be transmitted more efficiently. The goal is also to improve and accelerate existing processes and reduce administrative paperwork. While the existing physical offices will be maintained, this digital service will help to address the shortage of manpower and automate services. The future digital identity of Quebecers is being developed by over 70 people. The budget for its deployment is $41 million. The digital identity of businesses is planned for 2023, two years before the creation of a digital portfolio.