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Pan-Canadian AI Strategy

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Advancing AI

CIFAR is fuelling AI research and innovation.

In 2017, the Government of Canada appointed CIFAR to develop and lead a $125 million Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the world’s first national AI strategy.

CIFAR works in close collaboration with Canada’s three national AI Institutes — Amii in Edmonton, Mila in Montreal, and the Vector Institute in Toronto, as well as universities, hospitals and organizations across the country.


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The Pan-Canadian AI Strategy strengthens Canada’s leadership in AI.

CIFAR’s leadership of the Pan-Canadian AI Strategy is funded by the Government of Canada, with support from Facebook and the RBC Foundation.

Attract and retain world-class AI researchers by increasing the number of outstanding AI researchers and skilled graduates in Canada.

Foster a collaborative AI ecosystem by establishing interconnected nodes of scientific excellence in Canada’s three major centres for AI: Edmonton, Montreal, and Toronto.

Advance national AI initiatives by supporting a national research community on AI through training programs, workshops, and other collaborative opportunities.

Understand the societal implications of AI by developing global thought leadership on the economic, ethical, policy, and legal implications of advances in AI.


Strategy Highlights

See the AI Strategy in action.

We are committed to building local and regional AI ecosystems, supporting AI talent and training, fostering collaboration, and understanding the societal implications of AI.

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We are turning ideas into outcomes.

Learn more about the world’s first national AI strategy and its impact in Canada and around the world.

AICan 2020 Impact Report

CIFAR's annual round-up of advances and impact from the CIFAR Pan-Canadian AI Strategy.

Accenture 2020 Pan-Canadian AI Strategy Impact Assessment Report

Accenture Canada's analysis of the economic impact of the world's first national AI strategy.

Building a Learning Health System for Canadians

The Task Force for Artificial Intelligence for Health (AI4Health) outlines the case for strategic investments in a national AI for health strategy.

Building an AI World (Second Edition)

This second, updated overview of national AI strategies around the globe provides both a reference and a toolkit.

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AICAN Bulletin

How will AI impact the way you live and work?

Discover the latest in AI research and news from our community.



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The Brains Behind AI

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