ING Direct clients in Canada can now access online government services using their existing ING login names and passwords thanks to the company's partnership with authentication service provider SecureKey.

The SecureKey Concierge service aims to reduce the complexity and risk associated with juggling multiple online credentials by allowing users to sign into new accounts with familiar usernames and passwords, according to the Toronto-based company's Tuesday press release.

"We welcome ING Direct to our growing SecureKey Concierge service, which is gaining wider acceptance as we continue to enlist more of the major financial institutions in Canada as sign-in partners," Andre Boysen, executive vice president of marketing for SecureKey, said in the release. "With ING Direct's participation, we have taken another major step in making it easier for more people in Canada to access essential but less frequently used government services by enabling them to sign in with familiar authentication credentials they regularly use for banking and other financial services."