Ontario News: Expanded Library Broadband, Consultations on Digital ID Program
February 6, 2021
The Government of Ontario this week made two announcements related to libraries and privacy.
Ontario Seeks Public Input to Help Shape Digital ID Program
The Ontario government is launching an online consultation to seek input on the province’s plan to introduce a digital ID by the end of 2021. Through the Digital ID program, people and businesses in Ontario will be able to securely and conveniently prove their identity online. This will save people time and money and offer more convenient access to government and private sector services.
Potential uses of a digital ID include:
- A parent could more easily access their children’s immunization records and share them online with their school.
- A small business owner could reduce red tape by registering for licences and permits or opening new accounts online.
- A farmer could register a farm vehicle online without travelling to government offices to prove their personal identity.
- A senior could check in to a doctor’s appointment online and securely share health information with caregivers and health care providers.
- A digital ID would also support COVID-19 safety protocols by limiting unnecessary in-person contact to help stop the spread of the virus.
Supporting Lifelong Learning though Expanded Library Broadband
The Ontario government is investing more than $4.8 million to upgrade broadband at public libraries in unserved and underserved communities. By investing in improved broadband at public libraries, the province is providing greater community access to education and vital services, while creating more economic opportunity for residents.