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Public Health Agency of Canada

07/23/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/23/2021 12:16

Government of Canada supports emerging quantum technology sector

Funding will help establish Quantum Algorithms Institute housed at Simon Fraser University's Surrey Campus

July 23, 2021- Surrey, British Columbia - Western Economic Diversification Canada

A quantum ecosystem brings together business experts with industry and academia specialists from different sectors of the economy to develop new technological solutions that solve business and science problems. British Columbia has a considerable local competitive advantage in the quantum ecosystem, and is well positioned to become a world leader in the field. That's why the Government of Canada is providing $2,210,000 to support the establishment of the Quantum Algorithms Institute (QAI) to accelerate the innovation and commercialization of quantum technologies.

The Quantum Algorithms Institute, hosted at Simon Fraser University's Surrey campus, will be a collaborative centre aimed at attracting unique industry partnerships, growing a world leading talent pool, and developing commercial applications and adoption of quantum technologies. The Institute will use the funds to renovate a state-of-the-art physical hub to facilitate engagement, host collaborative events between industry and academia, organize quantum technology conferences for local and international players, and promote collaboration between existing quantum companies and potential new customers.

A new generation of optical and electronic devices use quantum effects to significantly enhance the performance over that of existing technologies. For example, quantum computers will be able to solve problems that the largest classical supercomputers would take thousands of years to solve, but in a fraction of the time. This technology will have significant impacts across many sectors including manufacturing, natural resources, finance, engineering, healthcare, defense, transport, telecommunications and life sciences.

This funding is expected to result in training for at least 100 highly qualified personnel, bringing two quantum technologies to market, and helping 10 businesses adopt quantum technologies.

By funding this project, Western Economic Diversification Canada is supporting its Digital Technology Cluster and Clean Energy Cluster priorities by accelerating innovation and commercialization of quantum technologies through unique industry, academic and government partnerships. The Government of Canada recognizes that quantum technologies represent significant innovation opportunities and Canada is well-positioned to become a global leader in the quantum industry.