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

A really disruptive tax proposal

In the Telegraph-Journal, AIMS Vice President of Research John Williamson considers the proposal to increase the tax exemption on purchases from online U.S. retailers from $20 to $200. If enacted, such a policy proposal would unfairly disadvantage Canada's own retailers, Williamson argues, and so any reform should include Canadian businesses ...
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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." [...]

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." [...]

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Latest Media Appearances

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 [...]

Alex Whalen interview re: Supreme Court Appointments

On Aug. 5, 2016, AIMS Operations Manager Alex Whalen discussed the Supreme Court nomination process with the Rick Howe Show and the Sheldon MacLeod Show on Halifax's News 95.7 station. [...]

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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 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 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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Atlantic Institute for Market StudiesWednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 5:05am
Williamson: The gov is creating an EI trap, where youth have no incentive to train themselves for stable employment. http://ow.ly/lnpf303vrUf
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Atlantic Institute for Market Studies
Atlantic Institute for Market StudiesWednesday, August 24th, 2016 at 2:33am
"John Williamson, �vice-president of research at the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, fears the Liberals are creating an EI trap, where young people have no incentive to train themselves for stable, long-term employment. 'Reducing the work requirement to qualify for EI from 24 weeks of work to as few as 10 weeks could again entice young Atlantic Canadians away from school and the workforce,' says Williamson."
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