It looks like credit freezes aren't possible in Canada. Despite this, there is some evidence that identity theft is a bona fide problem in Canada:
- RCMP states that in 2009 there were 11,095 identity fraud reports
- apparently Equifax and TransUnion Canada receive over 1,800 reports of identity theft per month
Aside from changing Canadian laws to require the ability for consumers to freeze their credit reports, what options are there for Canadians to prevent identity fraud? Specifically, I am looking for strategies that prevent someone from impersonating me to fraudulently obtain credit using my credit history. I am already aware that I can obtain credit reports periodically. That merely detects the fraud, it doesn't prevent it.