EDMONTON, ALBERTA, October 4, 2023 – Alberta Innovates is launching a new program to help researchers, entrepreneurs and industry create better health care for Albertans, faster, through using artificial intelligence.

The Enabling Better Health through Artificial Intelligence (AI-Better Health) Program will provide up to $8M to applicants who can explore how breaking down barriers will help realize the benefits of artificial intelligence within Alberta's health system.

The technical power of artificial intelligence is here today - but the pathway to practical use is stacked with challenges such as policy and regulatory issues, ethics and governance, evaluation, and adoption. When it comes to responsibly deploying artificial intelligence for better health, there is a significant gap between the technology potential and the implementation of the solution. Adopting innovative solutions can be delayed, negatively impacting patient care and health system efficiency.

The program will support demonstration projects to better understand the environment needed to narrow the gap between the promise and reality of better health using artificial intelligence.

The objectives of the AI-Better Health program are to enable better health by:

  • Understanding the innovation required to address data quality, access, and privacy issues facing the implementation of artificial intelligence technology.
  • Recognizing the technical enablers and human factors, including policy, reimbursement, accountability enablers and barriers for the responsible deployment of artificial intelligence.
  • Identifying the ethical, regulatory, legal, and societal implications to be addressed for intelligently designing artificial intelligence solutions.
  • Defining factors and elements, such as stakeholder requirements for development, adoption, implementation, and/or commercialization of artificial intelligence technologies.

Applicants from academia, industry, small and medium-sized enterprises and government entities are encouraged to apply. Visit the AI-Better Health web page for complete details about the program. Funding decisions will be made in January 2024 and projects must begin by March 2024. A webinar for interested applicants will occur on Tuesday, October 10th. Visit for more information.


“New advances in artificial intelligence are unlocking exciting innovations in every industry, including healthcare. The AI-Better Health program will accelerate the development of new technologies to strengthen our healthcare system so that we can ensure every Albertan has access to world-class healthcare when and where they need it.”
- Minister Nate Glubish, Technology and Innovation


“Alberta Innovates operates at the front end of technology and innovation. Using artificial intelligence to make critical decisions will lead to better health outcomes. The work we do today, will enrich the lives of not only Albertans but those around Canada and the world.”
- Laura Kilcrease, CEO, Alberta Innovates


Alberta Innovates manages nearly 1,300 projects in a portfolio valued at $1.33 billion. We work with innovators in all sectors of the economy and all corners of the province to drive entrepreneurship, applied research and industry development. With our impact-based funding programs and services, we are transforming energy systems for a net-zero world, promoting the responsible use of land and water, leveraging provincial strengths in agriculture, and contributing to improved health and well-being by harnessing digital tech and data. We are also advancing emerging technologies and strengthening entrepreneurship for a strong and diversified economy. We operate in 11 locations with more than one million sq. ft. of industrial testing and lab facilities, and 600 acres of farmland. We employ nearly 600 highly skilled scientists, business and technical professionals. From funding to commercialization, we are Alberta’s innovation engine!

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Darrell Winwood

Senior Manager, Corporate Relations