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Technological Trends: Emergence of Artificial Intelligence in Quebec

June 5th, 2024

Artificial intelligence (AI) is reshaping various sectors of production worldwide, and Quebec is no exception. With a unique combination of cutting-edge research, government support, and private initiatives, Quebec is emerging as a leader in the field of AI. Invention Québec presents an overview of technological trends related to the emergence of artificial intelligence in our Canadian province.

1. Research and Innovation Ecosystem

Quebec is home to several world-renowned research institutions, such as the Université de Montréal, Université Laval, and McGill University. These institutions play a crucial role in AI development. For example, Mila (Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute), which brings together over 130 professors affiliated with Université de Montréal, McGill University, Polytechnique Montréal, and HEC Montréal, and also welcomes professors from Université Laval, Université de Sherbrooke, and École de technologies supérieure in Montréal, led by Professor Yoshua Bengio, one of the pioneers of deep learning, is a leading research center attracting talent from around the world.

2. Government Support and Investments

The Government of Quebec has recognized the strategic importance of AI for the province’s future economy. Initiatives such as the Plan for a Digital Economy and the Strategic Initiative Fund for AI have been implemented to support innovative projects and encourage investments in this field. In 2021, the government announced a $100 million investment to support AI development, with a focus on ethics and responsibility.

3. Collaboration between Public and Private Sectors

Collaboration between the public and private sectors is a key driver of AI innovation in Quebec. Local technology companies, such as Element AI (recently acquired by ServiceNow), closely collaborate with universities and research centers to develop AI applications in various sectors, including finance, health, transportation, and retail. This synergy enables the rapid conversion of theoretical research into practical solutions.

4. Ethical and Responsible AI Development

Quebec also distinguishes itself through its commitment to the ethical development of AI. Mila, for example, has established a dedicated AI ethics working group focusing on bias, transparency, and accountability issues in AI systems. This focus on ethics is crucial to ensuring that AI benefits all segments of society while minimizing risks.

5. Practical Applications and Innovations

The AI applications developed in Quebec are diverse and innovative. In the healthcare field, for example, AI is used to improve medical diagnostics, personalize treatments, and optimize hospital management. In the transportation sector, companies like IVADO Labs utilize AI to develop more efficient traffic management systems and smart mobility solutions. The retail sector also benefits from AI to enhance customer experience through predictive analysis and service personalization.

6. Training and Talent Development

To support this growth, Quebec is heavily investing in AI talent training. Specialized university programs in artificial intelligence, training boot camps, and professional requalification initiatives are being implemented to meet the growing demand for AI skills. Organizations like Forum IA Quebec play a vital role in facilitating collaboration between academic and industrial players for skills development.


In conclusion, the emergence of artificial intelligence in Quebec is transforming the province’s economy and society. With a dynamic research ecosystem, significant government support, close collaboration between the public and private sectors, and a strong commitment to ethics, Quebec is well positioned to become a global leader in AI. The practical applications and innovations arising from this promise to revolutionize various sectors while laying the groundwork for sustainable and inclusive economic growth. If you also have innovative ideas, share them with Invention Québec without delay!


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