Canada AI Watch


  • Reports1

Allocated Budget

  • CAD 125 million allocated to the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) by the federal government in 2017 (part of the Pan-Canadian AI Strategy)


  • Responsible Artificial Intelligence in the Government of Canada

Working Groups

  • Advisory Council on Artificial Intelligence
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) Cluster Steering Committee
  • AI4Health Task Force


  • Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
  • Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence
  • MILA - Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute
  • Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii)


  • Directive on Automated Decision-Making


  • AI4Good National Training Program
  • AI & Society program
  • CIFAR launches 14 AI research projects to help in fight against COVID-19


  • CAD 84 million to McGill University for their Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives (HBHL) initiative (2016)
  • CAD 93.5 million to Université de Montréal for Optimization of Deep Learning and Knowledge sharing (2016)
  • CAD 100 million allocated by the Government of Quebec for the creation of a provincial wide cluster and institute for Artificial Intelligence (2017)
  • CAD 5 million by the government of Quebec toward the establishment of an international organization on artificial intelligence (2018)
  • CAD 10 million toward by the government of Quebec toward NEXT.AI and CDL, initiatives of HEC Montreal (2018)


  • Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy
  • Artificial Intelligence for Design Challenge program by the National Research Council Canada
  • Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence
  • Algorithmic Impact Assessment
  • AI Source List (73 pre-approved suppliers “to provide Canada with responsible and effective AI services, solutions and products”)
  • CIFAR AI Chairs program
  • CIFAR AI Catalyst Grants
  • Montréal Declaration for Responsible Development of AI
  • Next AI accelerator initiative

AI Startups


  • National Strategy Yes
  • National Budgets Yes
  • Reports 1
  • Working Groups 3
  • Projects 3
  • Initiatives 9
  • Regulations 1
  • Investments 5
  • Research 4
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