Consultation on the development of a Canadian code of practice for generative artificial intelligence systems

Current status: Closed

Recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) technology have reaffirmed the urgency of ensuring that AI systems, particularly generative AI systems, are developed and used safely.

Over recent months, the Government of Canada has been engaged in domestic and international discussions about the need for standards and safeguards for generative AI systems. In support of Canada's efforts in this space, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is hosting roundtable sessions to seek stakeholder feedback on a Canadian code of practice for generative AI.

Stakeholder feedback will shape the development of the code of practice and will help inform the Government of Canada on next steps with regard to addressing the risks posed, and opportunities presented by, generative AI systems. The code will provide voluntary guidance to companies developing and using AI systems, and it will help them to prepare their processes and products before formal regulation takes effect.

Who We Consulted

These consultations involved roundtables with stakeholders with expertise and experience in this area, including Canada's Advisory Council on Artificial Intelligence, and representatives from academia, civil society, Canada's AI research institutes, and industry.

Discussion document

The key elements for discussion during these roundtables are outlined in the consultation scene setter, entitled Canadian Guardrails for Generative AI – Code of Practice.

What We Heard

The government released a report that summarizes the feedback received from stakeholders.


These consultations have led to the development of a Canadian code of conduct for advanced generative AI systems, announced in September 2023 by the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. The department remains open to continued engagement with stakeholders on broader AI policy and regulatory development.

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