Terms of reference of the Government of Canada Advisory Council on Artificial Intelligence

From: Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

1. Objective

To create more jobs for Canadians; to further Canada's position as a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) development and research; to better support entrepreneurs and scale ups; to ensure Canadians have the education and skills they need to succeed in a changing economy.

2. Mandate

The mandate of the Government of Canada Advisory Council on Artificial Intelligence (the Advisory Council) will be to build on Canada's strengths in AI, to identify new opportunities in the AI sector and to make recommendations to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and the Government of Canada more broadly including but not limited to:

  1. How to ensure Canadians benefit from the growth of the AI sector.
  2. How to harness AI to create more jobs for Canadians, to attract and retain world-leading AI talent, to ensure more Canadians have the skills and training they need for jobs in the AI sector; and to use Canada's leadership in AI research and development to create economic growth that benefits all Canadians.

3. Program of Work

  1. The Advisory Council will be a central reference point to help inform the Government of Canada's development of AI-related policy. The work of the Advisory Council will build on the Pan-Canadian AI Strategy, which aims to increase the number of highly-skilled researchers and graduates and to enhance Canada's research capabilities in the AI sector. The program of work of the Advisory Council includes, but is not limited to:
    1.  Monitor the development of Canada's AI sector; advise the Government of Canada on innovative approaches to developing applied AI, basic research and development, intellectual property retention, commercialization, collaboration, adoption, marketplace frameworks, talent and scale-ups;
    2.  Advise the Government of Canada on opportunities and best practices in the AI sector that will benefit Canadians;
    3.  Inform government policy in AI-related fields and in the integration of AI into a variety of sectors.
  2. The Advisory Council will establish a Working Group to focus on commercializing value from Canadian-owned AI and data analytics, to create economic growth that benefits all Canadians. This Working Group will build on the work started by the Digital Industries Economic Strategies Table, which increases collaboration between industry and government.
  3. The Advisory Council may establish other Working Group(s) to advance specific areas of its mandate as set out as illustrative lists under section 3(a).
  4. The Advisory Council will provide advice on the work flowing from the Canada-France Statement on AI, including guidance and recommendations to the Canada-France Task Force that is supporting the creation of the International Panel on Artificial Intelligence (IPAI), which aims to support and guide the responsible adoption of AI that is human centric and grounded in human rights, inclusion, diversity, innovation and economic growth.
  5. The Advisory Council will support the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and the Government of Canada more broadly on Canada's AI engagement in various international fora such as the G7/G20, the OECD, the World Economic Forum, as well as with provinces, territories and municipalities.
  6. In carrying out its mandate, the Advisory Council may occasionally be asked to provide or contribute to reports, and issue discussion papers on options, recommendations, and advice.
  7. Acknowledging that AI is evolving, the Program of Work will be reviewed annually and updated in light of new challenges and opportunities.
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