Canada's Digital Charter: Trust in a digital world
Building a foundation of trust
Digital technology is changing our economy and our society—the way we access information, work, and connect with each other. Data is now a resource that companies use to be more productive and to develop better products and services, unleashing a digital revolution around the world.
In this digital world, Canadians must be able to trust that their privacy is protected, that their data will not be misused, and that companies operating in this space communicate in a simple and straightforward manner with their users. This trust is the foundation on which our digital and data-driven economy will be built.
See Canada's Digital Charter and how the Government of Canada is building this foundation of trust and encouraging continued growth across our economy. It relies on governments, citizens and businesses working together to ensure that privacy is protected, data is kept safe, and Canadian companies can lead the world in innovations that fully embrace the benefits of the digital economy.
The 10 principles of the Charter
1. Universal Access:
2. Safety and Security:
3. Control and Consent:
4. Transparency, Portability and Interoperability:
5. Open and Modern Digital Government:
6. A Level Playing Field:
7. Data and Digital for Good:
8. Strong Democracy:
9. Free from Hate and Violent Extremism:
10. Strong Enforcement and Real Accountability:
The Charter in action
What we heard during the National Digital and Data Consultations
Canada's Digital Charter is founded on ten principles that reflect what we have heard from Canadians, including during the National Digital and Data Consultations. Held between June and October 2018, the Consultations included 30 roundtable discussions hosted by Six Digital Innovation Leaders across the country, engaging with more than 550 Canadians. Through our website and online platforms, Canadians shared 1,900 ideas.
What we heard
"We must ensure that while we support the greater use of data, we are also protecting the trust and privacy of Canadians."
"To truly be a nation of innovators, we must build a culture of innovation, one which embraces resilience and risk."
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