BC Services Card

The BC Services Card, introduced by the British Columbia government, is a groundbreaking initiative that streamlines access to a range of services for its residents. Launched in 2013, the card acts as a multifunctional identification card that merges the previous CareCard (healthcare card) functionalities and BC Driver’s License. This convergence has not only eliminated the need to carry multiple cards but has also paved the way for a more seamless and efficient experience when engaging with various government services.

The BC Services Card combines your driver’s license and provincial health card. It is the keystone of a massive identity management project that will link personal information across government departments. The card is intended to be used for everything from credit cards, and transit passes to medical records. The BC Services Card is a government-issued photo ID that will enable people to access many provincial government services, including health care under the Medical Services Plan (MSP). It also has an embedded chip (similar to those used in credit cards) to help validate identity. The MSP is a publicly funded, universal health plan covering all British Columbia residents. It is administered by the Ministry of Health and is available to everyone who enrols. Enrollment is easy, and can be done at the same time as renewing a driver’s license.

MASS LBP was commissioned to recruit the BC Services Card User Panel using its signature Citizens’ Reference Panel methodology. The 35 members of the User Panel were chosen through a civic lottery, and met over two weekends to learn about and deliberate on the technology. Some of them had already participated in the IdentityNorth Specialist Forum earlier in the week. The panelists then discussed their concerns with the Privacy Commissioner, who spent over an hour in conversation with them.

myCRA Login with BC Services Card

myCRA Login with BC Services Card

A BC Services Card acts as your driver’s licence and provincial health ID card and can be used to authenticate you for many online government services. You can use it to access CRA portals, such as MyCRA and GST/HST accounts. The card is easy to sign in with, providing convenience and security. It is available 21 hours a day, seven days a week.

The BC Services Card sparked controversy last year when it was announced, with privacy groups criticizing the fact that it will link large amounts of personal information within and outside the province. The BC FIPA has submitted a series of FOI requests on the project, and Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has asked the government to conduct “fulsome” consultations before moving forward.

The BC Services Card is a key part of the BC government’s plan to connect all its services and information through one card. It will eventually combine your driver’s license and provincial health card with credit cards and transit passes, giving people unprecedented access to their personal information.

BC Services Card Renewal

BC Services Card Renewal

The Services Card is the first step in a larger e-government plan to link large amounts of personal information inside and outside of government. To apply for a new card, visit any Service BC location or motor vehicle licensing office. Tend two government-issued ID pieces, including one with a photo, and fill out a short form. Once your application is approved, you will receive your card in the mail within a few weeks.

BC Services Card Adress Change

The design of British Columbia’s driver’s licenses, ID cards and services cards are designed to protect our identities. Government agencies and thousands of private businesses rely on these cards to confirm the identity of people who use them. If the residential address of a person who holds a photo BC Services Card is changed, that person must notify the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia of the change. The PIISP must issue a duplicate card to the person in his or her new name.

The PIISP may also request proof of residence and other information as required by law. You can consent to the PIISP requesting your personal information from other organizations by clicking “OK” in the BC Services Card app. This allows you to login with your BC Services Card without needing a separate username and password. You can also agree to receive communications from these organizations through the BC Services Card app. You can unsubscribe from these communications at any time.

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