22 November, 2019

Canadian Government Seeks to Accelerate Self Sovereign Identity Through Innovative Solutions Procurement

The Innovative Solutions Canada program is the Federal Government’s initiative to accelerate home-growth Canadian innovations through procurements for their own future needs.

They are currently running this contract opportunity, intended to accelerate adoption of Self-Sovereign Identity in Canada. It offers a seed funding round of $150k, to be followed by a second stage of $1m to advance the prototype work.

The problem statement they are seeking to address is defined as:

“This challenge is seeking a portable secure digital credentials (self-sovereign identity) solution held by individuals that can be independently, cryptographically and rapidly verified using emerging distributed ledger standards and an approach that may give rise to a global digital verification platform.

For many contexts, ranging from applying for a job to transiting checkpoints for aviation security, paper documents remain the predominant way to prove key attributes about an individual, such as their name, date of birth, academic/professional qualifications, or security clearance. While these attributes might be presented in digital form, there are no widely adopted or standardized methods to issue and rapidly verify digital credentials across many different contexts. There exists no current capability to digitally verify without dependencies on centralized or low-latency network platforms (or both).”

The opportunity opened on Aug 29th and closes on Oct 24th.

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