Ideas for Atlantic Prosperity

Welcome to the website of AIMS, the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies.

We are a Canadian non-profit, non-partisan research institute that provides a distinctive Atlantic Canadian perspective on economic, political, and social issues. The Institute seeks to stimulate public debate with well-considered argument and evidence-based data. AIMS sets the benchmark on public policy by drawing together the most innovative thinking available from some of the world’s foremost experts and applying that thinking to the challenges facing Canadians.

Our institute provides public policy research on six germane topics to Atlantic Canadians: Energy & Environment, Municipal Affairs & Economic Development, Public Finance & Fiscal Federalism, Healthcare Policy, Education & Training, and Immigration & Labour. In addition to our policy papers, we contribute regularly to the regional and national media as a voice for market solutions. AIMS is an independent and self-sufficient research organization that does not receive government funding.

Chairman’s Dinner
Oct. 27, 2016

Guest speaker: Gary Doer
Former Premier of Manitoba &
Canadian Ambassador to USA
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Friends of AIMS Luncheon
Nov. 8, 2016

Lawrence Schembri
Deputy Governor, Bank of Canada
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Latest Publication

At AIMS, our bias is the market

AIMS President Marco Navarro-Génie responds to an editorial that appeared in two P.E.I. newspapers, which questioned the bias of research institutes, such as AIMS. Far from being hidden in our biases, he argues, AIMS puts its pro-market point of view right in the name: the Atlantic Institute for "Market" Studies. ...
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In the News

Think tank advises against return to equalization

An article for Newfoundland & Labrador's VOCM radio station website quotes AIMS President Marco Navarro-Génie, who argues against a return to equalization for the province. Listen to the clip below. [...]

Federal government botches job file

A Calgary Herald editorial criticizes labour policies from the federal government. It quotes AIMS's Vice President of Research John Williamson, who fears that the government "is creating an EI trap." [...]

Atlantic premiers, Ottawa announce pilot project to boost immigration

In a Globe and Mail story by Jane Taber, Marco Navarro-Génie says, "More people alone can’t fix the economy, especially when we can’t retain the people that we do bring." [...]

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Latest Media Appearances

Should Newfoundland return to equalization

On Aug. 23, 2016, AIMS President Marco Navarro-Génie joined the VOCM "Open Line" program in Newfoundland & Labrador to discuss equalization.

John Williamson on HST for online purchases

On Aug 22, 2016, AIMS Vice President of Research John Williamson was a guest on News 95.7's Sheldon McLeod Show, where he discussed the proposal to exempt consumption taxes on [...]

Bilingualism on the Supreme Court

On Aug. 17, 2016, AIMS Policy Analyst Jackson Doughart was a guest on News 95.7's Sheldon MacLeod show. They discussed the reform of the Supreme Court appointment process to include [...]

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Atlantic Institute for Market Studies
Atlantic Institute for Market StudiesThursday, August 25th, 2016 at 2:31am
HST should be lowered across the board so CDN & U.S. businesses can compete fairly for our shopping dollar. #cdnpoli http://ow.ly/S1Hz303sAUD
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Atlantic Institute for Market Studies
Atlantic Institute for Market StudiesThursday, August 25th, 2016 at 12:10am
Non-shocker: Reducing the work requirement to qualify for EI from 24 weeks to 10 will be a disincentive to work. http://ow.ly/aZfV303vshg
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Atlantic Institute for Market Studies
Atlantic Institute for Market StudiesWednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 8:15am
Federal government botches job file: Liberals are creating an EI trap. #nbpoli #nspoli #cdnpoli #nfpoli #peipoli http://ow.ly/sIjg303vsHb
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Atlantic Institute for Market Studies
Atlantic Institute for Market StudiesWednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 5:35am
John Williamson: This policy idea is so lopsided to favour U.S. interests that it's reverse protectionism. #cdnpoli http://ow.ly/4hKD303sBNx
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Atlantic Institute for Market Studies
Atlantic Institute for Market StudiesWednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 5:15am
New policy would put Cdn retailers at a disadvantage compared to US retailers who would be exempted taxes #cdnpoli http://ow.ly/eoFW303vtQ3
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