Ottawa-based Bluink has announced its eID-Me digital identity app is now available across Canada, as today sees expansion to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Northwest Territories, and Yukon.
The app aims to create password-free logins for remote identity verification, plus reduce fraud and improve quicker access to services.
Bluink developed its app through $1.2 million in funding from Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.
“eID-Me is a prime example of how government innovation funding can spur cutting-edge technology that will benefit citizens for years to come. While the initial funding kick-started the project, we have continued to invest millions to get eID-Me to where it is today,” says Steve Borza, CEO, in a statement to iPhone in Canada.
The eID-Me app essentially creates a digital version of your government ID that stays encrypted on your smartphone and is not uploaded to the cloud.
To register for eID-Me, users will need a valid Canadian or US passport and Driver’s Licence or Photo ID Card. Passport requirements will later be removed to increase accessibility to the app, says Bluink.