The Honorable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, has unveiled Canada's Voluntary Code of Conduct regarding the Responsible Development and Management of Advanced Generative AI Systems.
This code delineates a set of guidelines that organizations are encouraged to incorporate into their practices when working on the creation and oversight of general-purpose generative artificial intelligence (AI) systems.
Within this code, various measures are outlined in alignment with six fundamental principles: accountability, safety, fairness and equity, transparency, human oversight and monitoring, as well as validity and robustness.
Furthermore, this code has been developed in collaboration with input received from a diverse group of stakeholders, including the Government of Canada's Advisory Council on Artificial Intelligence.
Additionally, the code is expected to strengthen Canada's role in ongoing international discussions concerning proposals aimed at addressing common risks associated with the widespread deployment of generative AI, both within the G7 and among likeminded international partners.
“The government is committed to ensuring Canadians can trust AI systems used across the economy, which in turn will accelerate AI adoption. Through our Voluntary Code of Conduct on the Responsible Development and Management of Advanced Generative AI Systems, leading Canadian companies will adopt responsible guardrails for advanced generative AI systems in order to build safety and trust as the technology spreads. We will continue to ensure Canada’s AI policies are fit for purpose in a fast-changing world,” said Minister Champagne.
The Canadian government has already taken substantial strides to ensure the responsible and safe evolution of AI technology through the proposed Artificial Intelligence and Data Act (AIDA), which was introduced as part of Bill C-27 in June 2022.