HALIFAX, NS – Trade is a fundamental ingredient to Nova Scotia's economic success, as identified by the provincial government and the Ivany Commission. And yet there are numerous lingering examples [...]
HALIFAX, NS – Today, the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) released its Platform for Nova Scotia. This document outlines a series of implementable policy proposals for the province’s next [...]
On June 7, 2017, AIMS Author Pierre Lemieux joined Jean-Albert Maire of Radio-Canada to discuss his latest paper, The Benefits of Trade. The interview is in French. http://www.aims.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Lemieux_Radio_Canada_Free_Trade_Jun_7_17.mp3
"Legislating further increases to the minimum wage would likely worsen youth unemployment in Atlantic Canada. Evidence shows that minimum wages price low-skilled persons out of work and reduce the opportunity for training and experience among young people. Given these effects, raising the wage floor is bad policy."
This latest study by AIMS President and CEO Marco Navarro-Génie and Matthew Lau explores the adverse effects of a minimum wage increase in Atlantic Canada. Read the in-depth analysis to learn more about minimum wage legislation and its impact on employment from the Atlantic perspective
“Food fraud has now become main-stream for a reason. Two things have changed in recent years which are making a significant impact: supply chain transparency, from fork to farm, and consumer expectations empowered by social media. But regulators and industry are struggling. Here's why...”
The latest commentary from AIMS Senior Fellow Sylvain Charlebois "Fighting food fraud with a different kind of science" examines the frequent instances of food fraud and our regulatory framework in Canada:
"Corporate welfare often fails to deliver a financial return and has a distorting effect on the economy. If public cash is available when a company is in a jam, then why bother changing? More importantly, corporate welfare introduces a political element to business development that disadvantages entrepreneurs and investors without political connections."
Read more on the negative impact of corporate welfare in Patrick Webber's (AIMS Research Associate) latest commentary
"Ontario has been throwing money at initiatives to expand the market share of provincial winemakers for the past 15 years. But as long as the LCBO is the main buyer and seller of wine in the province, little will change."
Read the latest commentary from AIMS Senior Fellow Patrick Luciani, "Distorting the liquor market" on Ontario's government-owned alcohol-retailing monopoly and the need for freedom from the province's ineffective system.
"Tim Horton’s is slowly becoming a classic case of a completely dysfunctional franchise system. Franchisees on both sides of the border are now pressuring Restaurant Brands International Inc. (RBI), the new owners of the franchise, to ease up on its increasingly strict rules around standards, pricing, and inspections"