Saskatchewan halts digital ID initiative

The Saskatchewan government has paused its digital ID project due to public opposition over its mandatory nature and high costs. The project aimed to digitize driver’s licenses and health cards for accessing government services and private sector use. The government is now reviewing how other provinces are implementing similar initiatives.

Plans to implement phase one of the digital ID project in Saskatchewan province in Canada  have been temporarily put on hold. The first phase of a two-phased project would have involved creation of databases to store residents’ digitised driver’s licences, health cards, and other forms of identification. These would later have been used in accessing government services and eventually in the private sector. 

The project was opposed by residents particularly due to its mandatory nature. The Saskatchewan government stated that it had temporarily halted the project to learn how other provinces were doing it. The government also cited high costs