Quantum Canada

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The world economy is being driven by emergent global trends in communication, security, sensing, and computing. As existing technologies reach their performance limits, quantum-enhanced technologies will increasingly disrupt and replace current approaches.

Quantum technologies are perhaps the greatest disruptive innovation opportunity and Canada is well-positioned to become a global leader in the future quantum industry.

Quantum Canada is a national initiative to grow coherence in Canada's vibrant quantum ecosystem.

A vibrant Canadian quantum ecosystem with world-leading R&D, innovative technologies, and globally-reaching Canadian companies all driving social, economic, and environmental solutions for Canada.

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Quantum Canada brings together the key quantum stakeholders in Canada, from individual researchers across different sectors, to large companies, and publicly-funded organizations to deliver a cohesive vision for Canada's national interests in quantum, and to ensure that Canada maintains and expands its present-day advantage in this emerging sector.

A 'Quantum Canada' strategy will help provide visible focus for Canada's national interests in quantum, advance research investment activity in the sector, and ensure that Canada's present-day advantage in quantum technologies is maintained and expanded for long-term economic prosperity.

Quantum Canada is supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), lead investor of the academic community and a major investor in academic-industry research partnerships; the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), which supports global networks of leading researchers doing fundamental research across a broad spectrum of disciplines, with two long-standing programs in quantum science; and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), the federal government's premier research organization.

Latest activities

The Quantum Canada symposium and workshop report will be available soon. The report documents participant discussions and highlights insights from the Quantum Canada symposium and workshop. The information presented in the report and the subsequent feedback process will continue the dialogue among the quantum community towards the ultimate goal of developing a robust national quantum strategy for Canada.

There will be several engagement activities with the quantum community in fall 2017.

As a take away from the spring workshop, and to expand the dialogue beyond the Quantum Canada community, sector outreach workshops are being developed to bring together quantum researchers and key players in specific industry sectors to explore potential applications of value to these sectors. These workshops are being planned for fall 2017.

We will build on the insights generated from the Quantum Canada national survey, and symposium and workshop, to develop and release the first iteration of a national quantum strategy for Canada in fall of 2017.

Timelines

Date Activity
Fall 2016

Quantum Canada consultative survey

The goals of the survey were to 1) identify existing Canadian quantum R&D activities, defense activities, and commercialization efforts; and 2) determine strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of Canada's quantum ecosystem, including infrastructure, human resources, standards initiatives, defence activities, partnerships, clusters, commercialization, and funding mechanisms.

March 2017

Quantum Canada survey overview report.

April 11, 2017

Quantum Canada symposium agenda

April 12, 2017

Quantum Canada workshop agenda

August 2017

Seizing Canada's Quantum Opportunity
Quantum Canada symposium and workshop report

Fall 2017

Quantum Canada sector specific workshops

Fall/Winter 2017

Quantum Canada National Strategy report

Contact

For more information, please contact: quantumcanada@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca