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. 

 Celebrating 20 Years


Report Cards: Teachers Should be Free To Say What They Really Think

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AIMS Fellow Michael Zwaagstra discusses how teachers should be able to say what they think when writing report cards, and suggests that Minister Casey needs to reject her departments ideology and empower teachers to use their own judgement.  Click here to read this article!


Do City Rankings 

Carry any Real Value?

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AIMS Senior Fellow Patrick Luciani discusses whether city rankings carry any real value when considering the wide variety of city ranking lists and their sources.  Click here to read this article!


As Golf Tourism Declines, PEI's Government Struggles to Make Par

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Globe and Mail columnist Jane Taber discusses a report released by AIMS and authored by its former Director of Research Ian Munro, which analyzes PEI's golf tourism strategy and argues that it did not make good use of taxpayer dollars: "The projections of revenue and growth were based on a foundation of bunker sand." Click here to read this article!


AIMS Celebrating 20 Years!

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Over the course of this year, AIMS will be celebrating its 20-year anniversary with a series of high profile events throughout the Atlantic Region. AIMS has built a legacy of excellence winning four Sir Anthony Fisher Awards for Institutional Excellence, and the Templeton Freedom Award. AIMS continues to be recognized for bringing together the best minds and researchers to address the issues that most impede social and economic growth. Click here to read more!


For the Love of Nova Scotia, 
Let's Focus on the Economy
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On February 11, 2015, AIMS hosted, "For the Love of Nova Scotia, Let's Focus on the Economy". A two-panel symposium with seven speakers focused on ways to benchmark economic success in Nova Scotia. A dinner with keynote speaker John Bragg followed the symposium. Click here to read highlights from the event!


AIMS on Campus
Bridging academia and awareness to introduce ideas of liberty and the free market to universities across Canada.

Education & Training
Real education and training reform: AIMS is an independent voice on public education & training research and reform.

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

Healthcare Policy
Healthcare reform: AIMS research on delivering quality healthcare in Atlantic Canada.

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

Municipal Affairs & Economic Development
Transparency and accountability are just some of the topics covered by AIMS in our research on municipal affairs & economic development.

Public Finance & Fiscal Federalism
From tax reform, to fiscal responsibility, to balanced budgets, AIMS library examines the fiscal policies that can make a difference in your life.

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Latest Publications
AIMS Fellow Michael Zwaagstra discusses how teachers should be able to say what they think when writing report cards, and suggests that Minister Casey needs to reject her departments ideology and empower teachers to use their own judgement.
AIMS President & CEO Marco Navarro Genie discusses how bringing the public sector in Nova Scotia to the Canadian average should be one of the important considerations to reduce spending in the approaching budget, based on findings from a recent AIMS report.
AIMS Senior Fellow Patrick Luciani discusses whether city rankings carry any real value when considering the wide variety of city ranking lists and their sources.
AIMS author Paul Bennett outlines a strategy for reducing the prevalence of snow days in Nova Scotia, which entails preparing out-of-school work plans for students to complete from home.
Ian Munro, an independent economic and public policy analyst and AIMS author, discusses the results of his most recent study looking into PEI's golf tourism strategy: "After the turn of the millennium, the golf boom crashed, tourism traffic dropped and the provincially owned courses began to bleed red ink."
Ian Munro, an independent public policy analyst born on Prince Edward Island (PEI), argues in this paper that PEI's efforts to bolster tourism on the Island using the golf industry have largely failed. He insists that the government made “tactical errors” and that it “relied on simplistic projections, while failing to consider risks and alternative scenarios.”
Paul Bennett and Derek Gillis, authors of the newly released AIMS policy study "Education on Wheels," discuss the findings of that paper in an opinion piece published by the Telegraph Journal.
AIMS in the Media

APRIL 2015

NSGEU Holds Rally At Canso Causeway To Protest Budget Cuts (Chronicle Herald)

We've Gone Back to Throwing Money at Education (Paul Bennett, Chronicle Herald)

N.S. Film Industry Reps Taking 'Clear Ask' To Government Friday (CTV News)

Atlantic Institute for Market Studies Weighs In on Film Tax Credit Cuts (Yahoo News)

Nova Scotia Film Tax Credit Rally (Global News) 

John Risley Calls Film Tax Credit Nuts (CBC News)

Backs Government Changes

Film Tax Credit Cuts Make Sense, Halifax Think Tank Says (Chronicle Herald)

Grid Deal With N.B.Won’t Include

Nuclear Power (Chronicle Herald)

School closure unlikely to change, Serge Rousell (Jacques Poitras, CBC News)

New coalition of rural school supporters want policy 409 suspended (Jacques Poitras,CBC News)

Rick Howe Show interviews AIMS Fellow Michael Zwaagstra discussing teacher’s comments section of report cards.(News 95.7)

Bill Black discusses the upcoming budget and the size of Nova Scotia’s public sector. (Chronicle Herald)

MARCH 2015

Ibbitson: How the Maritimes Became Canada’s Incredible Shrinking Region (Globe and Mail).

N.B. Education Minister Angry After Learning French and English Students Have Been Sharing a School Bus (National Post)

FEBRUARY 2015

Black: Liberals Must Wiggle Out of Civil Service Straight Jacket (Bill Black, Chronicle Herald)

As Golf Tourism Declines, PEI's Government Struggles to Make Par (Globe and Mail)

"Blizzard Bags" Make for a Smart Snow Day (Chronicle Herald)

Snowed-under Class Time Needs to be Addressed, Minister Says (The Telegraph Journal)

AIMS Report Much Too Harsh onPEI Golf Industry (The Guardian)

Selling Provincial Golf Courses "Takes Time": Tourism Minister Henderson (The Guardian)

PEI Golf Missing the Cut

(The Guardian)

Time to be Bold and Shrink Public Sector (The Chronicle Herald)

It's Not About Big or Small, It's About Good or Bad (The Times and Transcript)

Ivany Report Anniversary Underlines Need for Change (CBC)

John Bragg: Cut Civil Service to Help Dig NS Out of Debt (The Chronicle Herald)

JANUARY 2015

Atlantic Provinces Look to Set Standard Public Sector Wages (The Telegraph Journal)

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