On May 27, 2024, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) announced that eight additional organizations have undertaken a voluntary commitment in support of the ongoing development and management of artificial intelligence (AI) systems in Canada, becoming new signatories to the Voluntary Code of Conduct on the Responsible Development and Management of Advanced Generative AI Systems (the Code).

The Code was launched in September 2023, and is intended to provide guidance to those developing or managing the operations of generative AI systems before future AI-specific regulation comes into force, as previously discussed in the E-TIPS® Newsletter here.

The eight organizations joining the existing 22 signatories to the Code are: Alloprof, Kyndryl, Lenovo, Levio, MaRS Discovery District, Mastercard, Organisme d'autoréglementation du courtage immobilier du Québec (OACIQ), and Salesforce.

In becoming signatories to the Code, the organizations are pledging to apply the Code to their operations when developing and managing advanced generative AI systems and committing to the ongoing development of a robust, responsible AI ecosystem in Canada.

The Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry described that in undertaking the Code, “leading Canadian organizations continue to adopt responsible measures for advanced generative AI systems that will help build safety and trust well into the future as the technology grows.”

Additionally, ISED has stated that “Canada continues to engage in domestic and international discussions supporting the creation of common standards and safeguards for generative AI systems”, and has committed $2.4 billion in its 2024 budget to help secure Canada's AI advantage through measures such as “investing in compute capacity and infrastructure, accelerating responsible and safe AI adoption and deployment, and supporting workers through skills training.”

The full text of the Code and the complete list of signatories can be accessed here.

Summary By: Steffi Tran



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