Version 1.1 of the Pan-Canadian Trust Framework is now available

Public Sector Profile of the Pan-Canadian Trust Framework Version

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Please find the GitHub link to the latest version of the Public Sector Profile of the Pan-Canadian Trust Framework Version 1.1 Consultation Draft which is now available for public review.

Our last major revision was on October 31, 2019. During the intervening months, at lot has evolved and changed since this last version. Within our Public Sector PCTF Working Group we disposed of 129 comments received.

During this period of comment disposition and review, we also took the opportunity to:

  • Incorporate the lessons learned from the most recent provincial assessment.
  • Further integrate persons and organizations into a unified model.
  • Refine and remove material that was descriptive or too specific in nature.
  • Adjust and align the model to fit in a more global context — both in terms of international alignment, and to complement existing frameworks (eIDAS, for example).
  • Ingest into the model emerging concepts that are now crystallizing within the digital ecosystem , and,
  • Produce a more concise, precise and normative document.
PCTF Digital Ecosystem Roles and Information Flows

As such, you will see this latest PCTF framework document that is shorter, re-organized, and better flow for the reader.

  • The Executive Summary better captures the essence and intent of the framework.
  • High-level principles have been removed, as the PCTF is intended to ensure the fair application of principles, whatever they might be.
  • Re-written sections on the PCTF Model and Mutual Recognition, along with incorporating new material learned from the assessment process.
  • The Terms and Definitions section have been fine-tuned to support the new model, removing unnecessary terms, removing unnecessary words from existing terms that could imply restrictive assumptions, unnecessary prescriptions, or superfluous descriptions.

In the end, one might say this document is dry reading. Agree. It is dry reading but is precise for application. Although not perfect (nothing is perfect) we expect that this document be a good reference point for application and the root framework for many more deliverables to come. We’ve already begun work on a detailed assessment guidance that is based on this framework.

This document is not finished and, thus, you have an opportunity to review and provide input. To date, we have been successful in bringing together the concepts of Verified Person, and Verified Organization into a single unified model of Digital Representations. But we still have work to do on Verified Relationships, and incorporate any feedback which we will incorporate in subsequent versions.

As the document stands, we now have enough to carry out a rigorous PCTF Assessment Process (the detailed worksheet is also provided ). We also have enough to revise and refine the conformance criteria, in a targeted and orderly fashion, and without re-writing a series of separate deliverables. This makes the PCTF easy to maintain, tailor, adapt and extend as the environment requires.

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