Research & Development

Targeted research and development projects will be essential for bringing the fundamental tools needed to protect against quantum attacks to commercial application.

Canada is already home to several targeted research programs that are focussed on facilitating this transition.  Quantum-Safe Canada is dedicated to supporting, enhancing and coordinating our current pillars of strength, and to nurture new supporting pillars in targeted areas of strategic importance.

Current Targeted Programs:

Open Quantum Safe

Open Quantum Safe is an open-source software project that aims to support the development and prototyping of quantum-resistant cryptography.  OQS consists of two main lines of work: liboqs, an open source C library for quantum-resistant cryptographic algorithms using a common API; and prototype integrations into protocols and applications, including the widely used OpenSSL library.


Research in the Quantum Photonics Laboratory  is focused on the applications of quantum photonics and quantum communications, as well as the fundamental aspects of the quantum world.  Researchers actively design and demonstrate quantum photonics devices suitable for communication and computing with photons. In particular, the team acts as the scientific lead for the Canadian Quantum Entanglement and Cryptography Satellite (QEYSSat), which aims to demonstrate ultra-long-distance quantum communication using satellites.

Quantum Cloud Lab

The Quantum Cloud Lab at the University of Calgary is run by Dr Daniel Oblak, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy. Areas of research include experimental research in quantum networks and technologies, and quantum memories with rare earth ion doped materials.