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AI Futures Policy Labs

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Imagine the future

The future of AI will be shaped by policy.

To inform and engage policymakers with AI policy, CIFAR partnered with the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship to hold five policy labs across Canada. This culminated in a final report: Exploring the Future of AI Policy in Canada.

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Create the future of AI in society.

With a series of videos, case studies, and step-by-step instructions, our virtual toolkit enables policy innovators to host and facilitate their own AI Policy Lab.



The AI Futures Policy Labs addressed issues in the following policy areas:

  • The future of work
  • AI anti-trust mechanisms
  • Data governance
  • Public education
  • Consultation
  • Encouraging responsible innovation
  • AI regulation and legislation.
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Read about our first AI Futures Policy Labs.

Each lab incorporated foresight exercises with brainstorming activities to develop contemporary AI policy approaches for a variety of domains, including housing, justice, education, immigration, and hiring.

Full report – May 2019

Montreal – April 2019

Ottawa – December 2018

Vancouver – November 2018

Edmonton – October 2018

Toronto – August 2018


AI Policy for Health

Imagine the future of health.

On February 26, 2020, in partnership with the British Columbia (B.C.) Ministry of Health, we held an AI Futures Policy Lab with a focus on the application of AI to the health sector.

The lab, developed with expertise from the BII+E, brought together 21 policymakers, academics, health practitioners, and patient advocates to:

  • Develop a clearer understanding of current AI capabilities;
  • Raise awareness of how AI is deployed in real-world health applications
  • Discuss the benefits of AI, as well as the social, ethical, economic, and political challenges associated with AI-driven health applications; and
  • Identify immediate next steps policymakers need to take in order to support effective deployment and adoption of AI in the health sector in the next five years.

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