OPEN BANKING IN CANADA:
A force for good

In June 2019, the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce called for immediate, decisive action from the Government of Canada to initiate an open banking framework.

Open Banking Initiative Canada (OBIC) exists to lead the way in the development of this framework. We’re gathering great minds in finance, technology and regulation, creating a groundswell that will be a force for good, giving Canadian consumers choice and control over their financial data.

Our open banking ecosystem is set to launch in 2020. This ecosystem will evaluate technology and standards that best suit our economy and will foster a trust framework between fintechs, banks and regulatory bodies in support of the Canadian consumer.

WHAT IS OPEN BANKING?

Open banking is a global movement to help consumers be the owners of their own financial transaction data. This ownership gives them the freedom to share their data with third-party companies that can then use it to provide alternative financial services that make it easier for consumers to move, manage and control their money. Open banking also stimulates and strengthens the banking sector. It increases competition and encourages innovation and product development, all of which come back to consumers in the form of greater choice, control and personalized services.

Open banking in CANADA is aopen and accessible industry of commerce where standards transparently govern an ecosystem of enriched financial data creating a foundation of trust and financial innovation that will evolve while strengthening the diverse fabric of our Canadian economy.

CONSUMERS

Open banking equals more choice, control, security and potential for Canadian consumers and small businesses to be empowered with their finances. 

BANKS

Open banking positions financial institutions to create customer-centric,  highly personalized solutions that will extend their reach and secure market share. 

FINTECHS

Open banking empowers fintechs to build innovative financial services technology using key data about what consumers need, both today and in the future.

GOVERNMENTS

Open banking provides governments with a framework in which Canadian values and rights and privacy are safeguarded within a changing digital economy.

EXPERTS

Industry experts play a crucial roll in the open banking roll-out, ensuring a legal framework for consent, transparency and accountability at the forefront.

Canadians permit

‘screen scraping’  to access their financial data. This practice, however, is unregulated and exposes their data to serious vulnerability.

%

are extremely concerned

about the safety of their personal data and worry about the protection of their personal privacy.

%

of consumers

report that they feel a lack of control over how their personal information is used by banks, businesses and governments in Canada. 

%

Willing to share

Almost half of Canadians will share personal info with their bank in exchange for better products and services.

Sources:
Report of the Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce (2019)
“Open Banking: What it Means for You”; Payments Canada (2019)
“Canadian banks need to prepare for open banking now or risk being left behind”; Globe and Mail (2019)

2020 WEBINAR SERIES

In our recent webinar on March 13th, we were joined by more than 100 guests as we chatted with a panel of industry experts representing banking, fintech and regulation. We spoke at length about the Minister of Finance’s recently released report on open banking in Canada. Our panellists included Bhupinder Saini (OBIC) Carlos Figueredo (Open Vector) Kate Grant (Fintech Growth Syndicate) David Hooper (CGI) Matt McGuire (AML Shop) Kevin Morris (LCUC).

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