March 30, 2017. Brampton, Ontario 2:00 p.m. The Prime Minister will highlight Budget 2017 investments in AI research. A media availability will follow. Magna International Inc. 2550 Steeles Avenue East Brampton, Ontario (Trudeau, J. Prime Minister of Canada, 2017)”.
So to retain and attract top academic talent, and to increase the number of post-graduate trainees and researchers studying artificial intelligence and deep learning, Our latest budget proposes to provide $125 million to launch a Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy for research and talent. The Strategy will promote collaboration between Canada’s main centres of expertise in Montréal, Toronto-Waterloo and Edmonton and position Canada as a world-leading destination for companies seeking to invest in artificial intelligence and innovation. A leader in the area of artificial intelligence, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research will be responsible for administering the funding for the new Strategy. (Trudeau, J. Primer Ministe of Canada, 2017)
Budget 2017 will: “…Position Canada at the leading edge of a changing economy, by helping to ensure Canadians are able to access the jobs of the future. Budget 2017 helps connect companies on a global scale, takes an innovative and collaborative approach to solving modern challenges, and helps businesses get what they need to grow (Departament of Finance Canada, Budget 2017. Chapter 1. Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan, 2017)
In this budget, we are making investments in six economic sectors where Canada will lead the way: digital, clean technology, agri-food, advanced manufacturing, bio-sciences, and clean resources. Mr. Speaker, in the realm of digital technology, I know two things to be true. One: Canada can be a world leader in digital innovation. And two: we can’t afford not to be. That’s why we will launch a Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, and bring together Canada’s main centres of AI expertise to drive investment and job creation across the country. Budget 2017. Remarks by the Honorable Bill Morneau (Morneau, 2017)