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Canada Announces $2.4 Billion Investment to Secure AI Advantage

Montréal, Quebec – In a landmark announcement today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled a $2.4 billion package aimed at cementing Canada’s position as a global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The investment, set to be included in Budget 2024, marks a significant step towards bolstering Canada’s AI ecosystem and ensuring its competitiveness on the world stage.

Speaking from Montréal, Prime Minister Trudeau emphasized the transformative potential of AI in driving economic growth and creating high-paying job opportunities. “AI has the potential to transform the economy,” stated Trudeau. “And our potential lies in capitalizing on the undeniable Canadian advantage.”

The investment package comprises several key measures designed to support AI research, innovation, and adoption across various sectors of the economy. Highlights include:

– A $2 billion allocation to build and provide access to computing capabilities and technological infrastructure for AI researchers, start-ups, and scale-ups.
– $200 million in support through Canada’s Regional Development Agencies to boost AI start-ups and accelerate AI adoption in critical sectors such as agriculture, clean technology, healthcare, and manufacturing.
– $100 million investment in the NRC IRAP AI Assist Program to help small and medium-sized businesses scale up and increase productivity by integrating AI solutions.
– $50 million for the Sectoral Workforce Solutions Program to provide skills training for workers in sectors potentially impacted by AI.
– Creation of a new Canadian AI Safety Institute with $50 million to ensure the safe development and deployment of AI technologies.
– Strengthening enforcement of the Artificial Intelligence and Data Act with $5.1 million for the Office of the AI and Data Commissioner.

The announcement underscores Canada’s commitment to fostering innovation, supporting economic growth, and ensuring that Canadians are equipped with the skills and opportunities needed to thrive in the digital age.

In response to the announcement, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland, stated, “Today, we are making a significant investment to boost our economic growth. This will keep Canada a global leader in AI and ensure we are at the very cutting-edge of new technologies.”

Canada’s AI sector has experienced remarkable growth in recent years, with the country boasting 10 percent of the world’s top-tier AI researchers and attracting over $8.6 billion in venture capital in 2022 alone.

The $2.4 billion investment package announced today reaffirms Canada’s commitment to maintaining its position as a leader in AI innovation and harnessing the full potential of this transformative technology.


The announcement of a $2.4 billion investment in AI by the Canadian government represents a significant commitment to securing Canada’s competitive advantage in the global AI landscape. With AI poised to drive innovation and economic growth in the coming years, these measures signal a proactive approach to fostering AI research, innovation, and adoption across various sectors of the economy.

By investing in computing infrastructure, supporting AI start-ups, and prioritizing skills training for workers, the government aims to ensure that Canadians can reap the benefits of AI-driven technologies while addressing potential challenges and risks associated with their deployment.

Furthermore, the emphasis on AI safety and responsible development underscores the government’s commitment to upholding Canadian values and ensuring that AI technologies are developed and deployed ethically and responsibly.

Overall, the $2.4 billion investment package represents a strategic investment in Canada’s future, positioning the country as a global leader in AI innovation and driving economic growth for generations to come.

Alwin Marshall-Squire

Alwin Marshall-Squire is the Editor-in-Chief of GTA Today and serves as the Parliament Hill Reporter covering Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet. With a commitment to accurate and timely news coverage, Marshall-Squire brings depth and insight to the forefront of Canadian journalism. For feedback, reach out at

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