The world of information technology in Canada – 23/06/2022
This week, the federal government announced an investment of $443 million in the second phase of its Pan-Canada Artificial Intelligence Strategy.
Speaking at Collision 2022, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne said artificial intelligence (AI) is “an essential part of Ottawa’s plan to make our economy stronger than ever before.
The second phase of the Pan-Canada Artificial Intelligence Strategy will help unlock the full potential of AI for Canadians and accelerate the development of trusted technologies, while promoting diversity and collaboration in AI.
Funds included in the 2021 budget for phase two include:
- $60 million for Canada’s national AI institutes — Amy in Edmonton and Mella in Montreal and the Victor Institute in Toronto — to help translate AI research into commercial applications and increase the ability of companies to adopt these new technologies.
- $125 million for Global Innovation Clusters in Canada to accelerate AI commercialization by supporting Canadian SMEs, attracting private investment from other public and private sources, and developing Made-in-Canada AI solutions.
- $8.6 million for the Canadian Standards Board to drive the development and adoption of AI-related standards and a conformity assessment program.
- $160 million for the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) to continue programs aimed at attracting, retaining and developing talented undergraduate researchers and maintaining research, innovation and training centers at Canada’s National Institutes of Artificial Intelligence.
- $48 million for CIFAR to renew and enhance its advanced research programs, training, and knowledge mobilization.
- $40 million to provide dedicated computing power to AI researchers across Canada.
A statement from the federal government describes artificial intelligence as “one of the greatest technological advances of our time” and something that “significantly impacts the daily lives of Canadians”.
“Artificial intelligence is a driver of economic growth and good jobs, which is why the Government of Canada is committed to investing in efforts to drive its adoption across our economy and society.”
For more details, the original article (in English) is available on the site IT world Canadasister post informational guidance.
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French translation and adaptation by Renaud Larue-Langlois.
Tags: Collision 2022, Public Finance, François-Philippe Champagne, Artificial Intelligence