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.

Latest Publications

Atlantic immigration plan must meet policy reform

AIMS President Marco Navarro-Génie discusses the recently-announced immigration pilot project. "More immigration to the region is good," he writes. "But its success is tethered to retaining workers. We need to straighten out the policies that foster undisciplined spending, push taxation and the cost of living upward, and harmfully reduce competition". [...]

Ending ‘Come from Away’ starts with the economy

In the National Post, AIMS policy analyst Jackson Doughart argues that the Maritime custom of saying that foreign-born people "come from away" is a product of the provinces' poor economies and mistrust of Upper Canada. To soften the region's "parochial edge," governments must adopt pro-growth policies to counter worrying demography. [...]

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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." [...]

N.B., N.L. join region in top-tax territory

A Chronicle Herald story quotes AIMS VP of Research John Williamson, who argues that HST hikes "will mean more revenue for governments and less in the pockets of working families." [...]

Media Release: Sinclair Davidson Speaking Event – Cigarette Plain Packaging

  Sinclair Davidson Halifax Speaking Event   Sponsored by AIMS, Professor Sinclair Davidson will visit Halifax at noon on Monday, May 30, to speak on the impact of plain packaging in Australia and lessons [...]

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Latest Media Appearances

John Williamson on NB spending

AIMS Vice President of Research John Williamson appeared on CBC Radio to discuss government spending in New Brunswick. He argued that the recent increase is supporting spending, not deficit control. [...]

Teacher misconduct finds disciplinary action often kept hidden

AIMS education analyst Paul Bennett is featured in this story from CBC News: The National. Please click here to see the video.

NSGEU delaying civil service contract vote, again

AIMS Development Director Michael Kydd appears on Global News, discussing negotiations between the Nova Scotia Government and its General Employees Union. See the full story here.

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Atlantic Institute for Market StudiesWednesday, July 27th, 2016 at 12:05am
First Nations are big players in the energy industry. Learn more and listen here: http://ow.ly/enQD302zclp #nfpoli #nbpoli #cdnpoli
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Atlantic Institute for Market StudiesTuesday, July 26th, 2016 at 8:40pm
You're invited to join us at the AIMS Annual Milton Friedman Barbecue. Come for a fun evening to celebrate the life and work of Milton Friedman, one of the intellectual giants of economic philosophy. Great for all ages and a fine occasion to learn about one of AIMS’s greatest influences. It's on August 3rd, 2016 from 4:00pm-7:00pm in Bedford, Nova Scotia. For more information, please contact AIMS’ Coordinator, Jackson Doughart. Tel: (902) 429-1143, ext. 222 | E-mail: jackson.doughart@aims.ca
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Atlantic Institute for Market StudiesTuesday, July 26th, 2016 at 12:05am
More immigration to Atlantic Canada is good, but its success is tethered to retaining workers. #nbpoli #nspoli http://ow.ly/hw03302zcei
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Atlantic Institute for Market Studies
Atlantic Institute for Market StudiesMonday, July 25th, 2016 at 8:25pm
You're invited to join us at the AIMS Annual Milton Friedman Barbecue. Come for a fun evening to celebrate the life and work of Milton Friedman, one of the intellectual giants of economic philosophy. Great for all ages and a fine occasion to learn about one of AIMS’s greatest influences. It's on August 3rd, 2016 from 4:00pm-7:00pm in Bedford, Nova Scotia. For more information, please contact AIMS’ Coordinator, Jackson Doughart. Tel: (902) 429-1143, ext. 222 | E-mail: jackson.doughart@aims.ca
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Atlantic Institute for Market StudiesThursday, July 21st, 2016 at 11:20am
First Nations should partner w/ govs & resource companies to support projects that benefit everyone. #EnergyEast http://ow.ly/mwMZ302qVTV
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