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AI Futures Policy Lab Toolkit

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Host and facilitate your own AI Futures Policy Lab.

The AI Futures Policy Lab is a full-day workshop for policy innovators to explore the intersection between public policy and artificial intelligence (AI). The materials provided here are designed to help you host and facilitate your own AI Futures Policy Lab.

Launched in 2018 by CIFAR’s AI & Society Program, in partnership with the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E), the AI Futures Policy Labs have brought together over 125 policymakers from across Canada. Participants learn about current and future AI applications, discuss the policy challenges of AI, and develop creative policy responses.

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Facilitator Guide

Download the roadmap to delivering your own successful AI Futures Policy Lab.

The Facilitator Guide gives you step-by-step instructions on how to run an AI Futures Policy Lab, including how and when to use the materials provided here.

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Set the scene.

This four-part video series features some of Canada’s leading AI and policy experts. Use the videos to introduce participants to the current state of AI technology and policy before guiding them through activities and discussions.

Video 1:

What is AI?

Machine learning, algorithms, neural networks and more. Meet our experts as they introduce the basics of AI.

Video 2:

How do we use AI?

Take a look at some of the ways we have integrated AI in our personal and professional lives.

Video 3:

Policy Challenges

AI is a promising technology, but it comes with some challenges. The experts discuss some of the key impacts of AI on our social, economic and political lives.

Video 4:

Policy Options

Learn about how policymakers around the world are applying familiar policy tools in the context of AI.


Lab Materials

Here is everything you need to run a successful AI Futures Policy Lab.

Download the guide, templates, and case studies to prepare for an AI Futures Policy Lab.

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About CIFAR & AI

CIFAR is fuelling AI research and innovation.

We play a significant role in AI research in Canada and around the world. 

  • The CIFAR Pan-Canadian AI Strategy is the world’s first national AI Strategy, dedicated to advancing Canada’s leadership in AI research, training and innovation.
  • The CIFAR AI & Society Program develops global thought leadership on the economic, ethical, political and legal implications of advances in AI.
  • Subscribe to the AICan Bulletin to stay up to date with the latest in AI research and innovation in Canada.


Hosting a Lab? We want to hear from you.

If you’re preparing to facilitate, we’re here to support you. If you’re all set to run your lab, tell us what works, what doesn’t, and what new and creative solutions your participants come up with.

Support Us

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.

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