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

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.

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.The group have released Artificial Intelligence in Society which examines the uses and impacts of AI to support the development of the right policy responses.

Global Partnership on AI (GPAI)

Announced by Prime Minister Trudeau and 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.