Welcome to the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies
AIMS is a Canadian non-profit, non-partisan think tank that provides a distinctive Atlantic Canadian perspective on economic, political, and social issues. The Institute 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. 

Declining Equalization Payments and Fiscal Challenges in the Small "Have-not" Provinces


In "Declining Equalization Payments and Fiscal Challenges in the "Have-not" Provinces," authors Ben Eisen, David Murrell, and Shaun Fantauzzo show that equalization payments to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Manitoba, as a share of provincial GDP, have declined markedly in recent years, particularly since Ontario began receiving payments in 2009/10. Click here for more information!

AIMS Special Events with Gérard Latulippe, the High Commissioner in Trinidad and Tobago


AIMS is hosting Gérard Latulippe for a lunch at the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax on November 18 and a dinner at the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland in St. John's on November 20. He will be providing an overview of business opportunities in Trinidad and Tobago. Click here for more information!

Unlocking the potential of the International Northeast Economic Region; it's not just about trade anymore.

Real Education Reform: AIMS is an independent voice on public education research and reform.

Whether it is electricity, or oil & gas, there is extensive research on energy policy.

AIMS groundbreaking work on equalization changed the way people in Canada think about regional economics.

Fisheries & Aquaculture
This research examines some of the latest policy issues facing the traditional fishery and the upstart aquaculture industry.

AIMS' extensive research on the most debated public policy issue in Canada.

History of Economic Thought
Think tanks help people see why some policy ideas are good and work, while others, no matter how good they may sound, don't and can't work.

AIMS extensive research on the demographic shift provides insight of the labour shortage and policy changes that can lift the burden for our aging population.

Municipal Tax Reform
AIMS research looking into municipal tax alternatives. 

Access to drugs, barriers to R&D, global trade impacts and much more in this research on the prescription drug industry.

Public Finances
From tax reform, to fiscal responsibility, to balanced budgets, AIMS kibrary examines the fiscal policies that can make a difference to your life.

Regional Development
AIMS built its strong reputation as a leading voice for the examination of the effects of government subsidies, regional development schemes and other disincentives to growth.

Regulatory Reform
Government regulation in the age of the Internet, globalization and consumer empowerment.

Security & Defence
AIMS research related to public policy on security and defence matters in today's post 9/11 world.

Social Programs
Showing the choices that can promote the greatest social and economic development for those at the bottom of the income scale as well as the economy as a whole.

Urban Affairs & Local Government
Transparency and accountability are just some of the topics caovered by AIMS in our research on municipal government.


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Latest Publications
AIMS Senior Fellow in Electricity Policy Gordon Weil outlines a number of ways in which the provincial government of New Brunswick could improve that province's utility.
AIMS Director of Research Ben Eisen, policy analyst Shaun Fantauzzo, and UNB economist David Murrell discuss PEI's fiscal challenges in the context of declining equalization payments in their latest opinion pieces featured in the Guardian and Telegraph Journal.
In “Declining Equalization Payments and Fiscal Challenges in the Small ‘Have-not’ Provinces,” authors Ben Eisen, David Murrell, and Shaun Fantauzzo show that equalization payments as a share of provincial GDP have declined markedly in recent years in these four provinces, particularly since Ontario began receiving payments in 2009/10.
AIMS research associate Jeff Collins asserts the link between high quality public education and economic development is clear and argues that providing a foundation for professional and advanced skills training is necessary to develop a strong workforce.
AIMS Director of Research and Programmes Ben Eisen participates in the Globe Debate series with Canadian Labour Congress Senior Economist Angela MacEwan to discuss whether targeted or universal childcare is the most efficient policy option for supporting Canadian families.
AIMS Senior Fellow in Electricity Policy Gordon Weil outlines the benefits of building an electricity union in Atlantic Canada and argues that it would ultimately benefit consumers.
AIMS Fellow in Common Sense Education Michael Zwaagstra argues that standardized testing in Prince Edward Island has provided the provincial government with a more accurate understanding of academic achievement throughout the province.
AIMS Senior Fellow in Electricity Policy Gordon Weil surveys recent developments, reviews the status of the sector, and examines opportunities for further beneficial evolution in "Taking Stock of Atlantic Canada's Electricity Sector."
AIMS in the Media

November 2014

Ontario's Economy Blamed for Reduced Transfer Payments (Winnipeg Free Press)

Equalization Payments to Small 'Have-not' Provinces Falling (650 CKOM)

Time to Adjust Our Appetite (Telegraph Journal)

FCPP and AIMS Release Equalization Report (NationTalk)

Manitoba's Equalization Payments Hit by Economic Downturn: Report (Winnipeg Free Press)

New Brunswick Losing Share of Equalization Pie (Telegraph Journal)

October 2014

Electricity Union to Benefit Atlantic Canadians (CBC New Brunswick)

Drop in Gas Prices Stirs Deregulation Debate in Nova Scotia (CTV Atlantic)

Study: Atlantic Utilities Could Collaborate (Chronicle Herald)

NSTU and Standardized Testing (News 95.7)

War Against Islamic Extremists (Global News)

september 2014

Does Canada Need a Program of Subsidized Universal Daycare? (CBC)

AIMS President and CEO in Reponse to Stephen Kimber

Stephenson: NDP Made Deals We Can't Afford (Chronicle Herald)

AIMS Report: Cut Public Sector (Chronicle Herald)

The Size and Cost of Atlantic Canada's Public Sector (News 95.7)

Fracking Ban Only Applies to High-volume Fracking, says AIMS CEO (Daily Business News)

Fracking Ban Definition of "High-volume" Practice Unclear (Chronicle Herald)

Education Reform Needs to Shoot for the Moon (CBC New Brunswick)

August 2014

Did Nova Scotia Just Give Up on its Young People? (Maclean's Magazine)

Private Stores Should Prevail (Guardian)

No One Should be able to Graduate Without Math (Guardian)

July 2014

Energy Analyst Says Customers Bear Muskrat Falls Risk (CBC Labrador Morning)

Too Many Students Advanced Without Passing, Says Researcher (CBC Prince Edward Island)

Flight MH17 and the Conflict in Ukraine (630 CHED)

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