CIO Strategy Council publishes National Standard of Canada for Automated Decision Systems

OTTAWA – The CIO Strategy Council is pleased to announce the approval and publication of a new National Standard of Canada that will help organizations design and implement responsible artificial intelligence (AI) solutions.

Over the course of a year, the Council engaged over 100 thought leaders and experts across the country to create the world’s first consensus-based standard on ethical design and use of automated decision systems.

This Standard goes beyond a common set of aspirational principles. It provides a framework and process that can be both measured and tested for conformity, providing consumers with confidence in the technologies that are providing information, recommendations, or making decisions using AI and machine learning.

“Having this framework will allow us to bring a sense of order and apply a common yardstick of integrity against our implementation approach and value-based outcomes” said Philip Armstrong, Executive Vice President & Global Chief Information Officer of Great West Life Co.

The Standard is intended for all organizations, including public and private companies, government entities, and not-for-profit organizations.

“Working under a common framework for the ethical use of AI and data is critical, not only for our economy, but for how we function as a society” said Keith Jansa, Executive Director of the CIO Strategy Council. “Canada remains poised as a global leader in setting the appropriate guardrails to drive the development and commercialization of responsible AI technologies.”

Earning its accreditation to develop National Standards of Canada from the Standards Council of Canada earlier this year, the CIO Strategy Council, through its agile, open-by-default, consensus-based approach, has accelerated the standards-setting process in Canada to match the speed of innovation and advancement in ICT – developing new standards in the public interest in months, not years, and making them readily available at no cost to Canadian companies and individuals.

This National Standard of Canada for automated decision systems is available to the public in both official languages and at no cost. To access a copy of the Standard, visit our page here.



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