The Pan-Canadian AI Strategy
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Canada is a global AI leader
The Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy strengthens Canada's leadership in AI.
Launched in 2017, Canada's national AI Strategy was the first in the world.
Our three National AI Institutes – Amii in Edmonton, Mila in Montreal, and the Vector Institute in Toronto – are the vibrant central hubs of Canada's thriving AI ecosystem. We bring together national and international collaborations in the rapidly developing field of AI.
Key Strategic Priorities
Our vision is that by 2030, Canada will have one of the most robust national AI ecosystems in the world, founded upon scientific excellence, high-quality training and deep talent pools, public-private collaboration and our strong values of advancing AI technologies to bring positive social, economic and environmental benefits for people and the planet.
Understanding the Societal Implications of AI
Advancing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in AI
Canada CIFAR AI Chairs
More than one hundred Canada CIFAR AI Chairs advance research in a range of fields: from drug discovery and machine learning for health; to autonomous vehicles; materials discovery; human-AI interaction; natural language processing; and more.
The Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy recruits the world's leading AI researchers to Canada, while retaining our existing top talent. We provide long-term, dedicated research funding to support these cutting-edge research programs and help them train the next generation of AI leaders. Advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in Canada's AI ecosystem is a top priority.
The success of the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy to date demonstrates that investment in fundamental science and talent development is foundational for innovation and for economic growth.
Number of leading researchers recruited and retained as Canada CIFAR AI Chairs since 2018.
Graduate students enrolled at our AI Institutes.
Canada's world ranking for AI investment, innovation and implementation.1
Canada's world ranking in 2021 for new hires in the field of AI.2
Toronto (4th), Ottawa, Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, Quebec City and Edmonton all rank in the top 40 cities for tech talent in North America.3
Number of multinational companies that established dedicated AI R&D labs in Canada.4
Amount of venture funding raised by Canada's AI startups in 2019.4
Increase in foreign direct investment in ICT between 2017-2019.4
CIFAR is a registered charitable organization supported by the governments of Canada, Alberta and Quebec, as well as foundations, individuals, corporations and Canadian and international partner organizations.