DTLab begins testing its Digital Trust Test Bench with federal government partners

GATINEAU, Quebec, June 19, 2024 – The Digital Trust Laboratory of Canada (DTLab) has been awarded a 12-month testing stream contract to test its Digital Trust Test Bench (DTT).

DTLab has been awarded a 12-month testing stream contract to test its Digital Trust Test Bench (DTT) with Shared Services Canada and Canadian Digital Service. The contract follows DTLab’s qualification under Innovative Solutions Canada’s (ISC) “Digitization and Cybersecurity” call for prototypes of platforms. The program is designed to provide testing and government feedback to organizations that are preparing innovations to go to market. DTLab qualified under the ISC outcome focused on digital credential testing for technical conformity and/or compatibility.

“We are delighted to be in the company of great Canadian innovators who participate in the Innovative Solutions Canada program,” said Bonnie Yau, DTLab’s VP of Technology and Product Innovation. 

“There is a vibrant community of start-ups that are enabling the use of digital credentials, making it quicker, easier, and most importantly safer, for organizations and people to conduct digital transactions across Canada.” 

DTT is a cloud-based, quality assurance tool for digital credential solutions. It provides  turnkey tools for digital credential industry players and government partners to test out their technology and confirm it works with one another. This testing is a key component to scaling digital credentials across the country (and the world) with the goal of making them ubiquitous. 

“Think about how credit cards can be used today. For the most part, you don’t have to worry about whether or not a store can accept your credit card. It just works. In the industry we call that interoperability and that’s a key goal of the digital credential community. Testing through DTT helps to achieve that goal,” Yau explained.

This DTLab contract with the Government of Canada is the latest in a series of partnerships amongst DTLab, the Government of Canada, and Canadian innovators.

“We are proud of our partnerships with the private, public, and academic sectors. Through collaboration we are able to develop and publish tools and best practices that help create and grow interoperable digital credentials ecosystems, amidst a rapidly evolving landscape of technology and standards, in Canada and around the world,” said Regis Eloi, DTLab’s Senior Director, Program Delivery.

Alongside the 12-month testing stream contract, DTLab is also participating in other pan-Canadian efforts that support interoperability. One example is the conformity assessment program, currently in pilot phase, for the DGSI/TS 115: Technical Specification for Digital Credentials and Digital Trust Services. This technical specification –  led by the Standards Council of Canada and delivered by the Digital Governance Standards Institute – sets minimum requirements to ensure that digital credentials and trust services are interoperable between businesses and governments to create a seamless experience for users. 

By participating in forums like these, DTLab ensures that its broad range of assessment services – user-centric functional testing, usability testing, accessibility testing, conformity testing, interoperability testing, and performance testing, as well as privacy and readiness assessments  –  are designed to support the community in a manner that is streamlined to how the industry is evolving in Canada.


About the Digital Trust Laboratory of Canada

The Digital Trust Laboratory of Canada (DTLab) is a neutral non-profit that brings people, organizations and governments together to tackle the big issues involved in the creation of secure, privacy-protecting and inclusive digital credentials. Through co-created projects, capacity building, and assessments, DTLab’s unbiased team of specialists is committed to empowering Canadians and Canadian businesses to safely and successfully engage in the digital world.

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