Artificial Intelligence Policy Initiatives

CIFAR's AI & Society Program connects researchers, policymakers and practitioners through interdisciplinary workshops and informs early-career civil servants through AI Futures Policy Labs. CIFAR is also contributing to the following national and international initiatives that are working toward the responsible, ethical and economic stewardship of AI.

Domestic Initiatives

AI Advisory Council

Announced on May 14, 2019, the Advisory Council on Artificial Intelligence will advise the Government of Canada on building Canada’s strengths and global leadership in AI, identifying opportunities to create economic growth that benefits all Canadians and ensuring that AI advancements reflect Canadians’ values.

Canada’s Digital Charter

The Charter lists ten principles that demonstrate how the Government of Canada is working with Canadian companies to ensure the privacy of Canadians is protected and their data kept safe.

Standards Council of Canada Canadian Data Governance Standardization Collaborative

The collaborative launched on May 30, 2019 with the mission of building a comprehensive roadmap of needed data governance standards to help industry and citizens benefit from the growing supply of data, as well as manage security and privacy risks.

CIO Strategy Council

The Council’s mandate is to provide a forum for Canada’s most forward-thinking Chief Information Officers to focus on collectively transforming, shaping and influencing the Canadian and information technology ecosystem. The Council is leading the development of standards for the use and application of AI-based decision-making systems.

International Initiatives

Global Partnership on AI (GPAI)

Announced by Prime Minister Trudeau and French President Macron on June 7, 2018, the mission of GPAI is to support and guide the responsible adoption of AI that is human-centric and grounded in human rights, inclusion, diversity, innovation and economic growth.  Two of the four GPAI Working groups will be headquartered in Montréal.

OECD Principles on Artificial Intelligence

The Principles promote AI that is innovative, trustworthy and that respects human rights and democratic values. They were adopted on May 22, 2019 by OECD member countries. In February 2020, the OECD Network of Experts on AI (ONE-AI) was launched. ONE AI is an informal advisory group that provides expert input to the OECD’s analytical work on AI, identifying possible trends and topics. Its members provide AI-specific expertise about policy, technical and business topics related to OECD analytical work. 


Montréal Declaration for Responsible Development of Artificial Intelligence

An initiative of Université de Montréal which sets out to establish principles and recommendations for ethical AI. The Declaration was announced Nov. 3, 2019.