Employment and Social Development Canada is adopting Verified.Me to streamline digital identity verification for Canadians registering with My Service Canada.

The My Service Canada Account is a secure online portal. Canadians can apply, view and update their information for employment insurance, pension, pension plan disability and old age security.

SecureKey Technologies Verified.Me service securely confirms personal information consumers share from one of the six major financial institutions in Canada. Specifically, consumers must give their consent.

The six major retail banks are RBC, Scotiabank, TD, BMO, CIBC and Desjardins.

Moreover, Verified.Me has no access to the users’ banking information. This is protected with strong security protocols to prevent personal information from being identified, accessed or misused. Verified.Me is the recommended real-time alternative to the in-person or PAC (Personal Access Code) identity verification methods.

Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development welcomes the adoption of Verified.Me. “During these challenging times, our government’s focus is to help reduce barriers faced by Canadians every day to ensure they can quickly access essential programmes and services when they need them the most. Today’s news is a significant step in the right direction for millions of Canadians. It will make accessing this next-generation technology not only more convenient, but ensure their security along the way.”

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Verified.Me: advancing Canada’s digital landscape

Greg Wolfond, Founder, CEO, SecureKey Technologies adds: “We’re thrilled to continue advancing the digital landscape in Canada. This offers users a streamlined avenue to verify their identity when registering for their MSCA. It uses information they consent to share to gain access to government services they need.”

Mathew Mehrotra, Chief Digital Officer, BMO Bank of Montreal says: “We are proud to be a part of this effort. We look forward to enabling Canadians to seamlessly access the products and services they need.”

Verified.me from SecureKey ‘an essential service’

Kevin Paget, VP, Digital Strategy and User Experience, CIBC says: “We’re thrilled to support the expansion of the digital landscape.”

“When it comes to safeguarding private information, consumers place an immense amount of trust in financial institutions to have the proper security standards and safeguards in place,” says Rami Thabet, VP, Digital Product, RBC. “Verified.Me increases user confidence with its strong security protocols that protect our clients’ personal information.”

“Providing customers with secure digital solutions that meet their remote needs is a top priority for Scotiabank,” says Shawn Rose, Executive Vice President, Chief Digital Officer, Scotiabank. “Verified.Me is an essential service for the Bank as it helps our customers bank the way they want to – with their consent – more confidently and securely.”

Rizwan Khalfan, Chief Digital and Payments Officer, TD adds: “We are supportive of this step to deliver a modern digital solution to our customers through the Verified.Me experience.”

SecureKey is headquartered in Toronto, with offices in San Francisco.