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

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Energy&EnvironmentAtlantic Canada and the U.S. Electricity Market: Projects and Perspectives

In his report, Atlantic Canada and the U.S. Electricity Market: Projects and Perspectives, commissioned by the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS), Gordon L. Weil provides a catalog of current proposals for new transmission links between Atlantic Canada and New England. It notes that many projects have failed in the past, because of a lack of sufficient certainty about sales opportunities in the U.S. Click here for full details!


The Road Ahead: Options for Reforming Registry Service Delivery

In her report, The Road Ahead: Options for Reforming Registry Service Delivery, commissioned by the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS), Meredith McDonald analyses provincial experiences with registry services in Canada. Click here for full details!

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In his report, Checking the Math on Childcare, commissioned by the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS), Ian Munro cautions Canadians about promises for a federal childcare program. Click here for full details!


A Good Problem to Have:
Lessons for Atlantic Canada from AlbertaPublicFinance&FiscalFederalism's Experience with Natural Resource Revenue

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Co-authored by Senior Fellow, Robert Roach, Research Associate, Jeff Collins, and AIMS President and CEO, Marco Navarro-Genie, the paper – A Good Problem to Have: Lessons for Atlantic Canada from Alberta’s Experience with Natural Resource Revenue – calls for stability in Atlantic Canada’s strategy to transform non-renewable resources into a permanent financial asset.Click here for full details!

Extending the Educational Lifeline: The Benefits of Adopting Nova Education&TrainingScotia's Tuition Support Program (TSP)

AIMS author Paul Bennett discusses adopting the Nova Scotia Tuition Support Program (TSP) throughout Atlantic Canada and provides a New Brunswick example of the Riverbend Community School in Moncton. Bennett examines how the TSP program has been implemented since 2004, and provides eight recommendations for Atlantic Canada.  Click here for full details!

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

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

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

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

Immigration & LabourImmigration&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 DevelopmentMunicipleAffairs&EconomicDevelopment
Transparency and accountability are just some of the topics covered by AIMS in our research on municipal affairs & economic development.

Public Finance & Fiscal FederalismPublicFinance&FiscalFederalism
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
Senior Fellow Patrick Luciani comments on the art of forecasting in a world steeped in complexity.
Writing for AIMS, John von Heyking reminds us that the minimal authority and mandate that parliamentary democracy confers upon governing parties is a protection to liberty and an invitation to varied conversation.
AIMS’ Senior Fellow David McKinnon and President Marco Navarro-Genie argue that it is time to consider how to rescue Atlantic Canada from the disastrous consequences of federal fiscal policy in the last fifty years.
Writing for AIMS, John von Heyking finds that both sides in the current electoral reform argument are correct on how to legitimize the reforms but that the reforms may hardly be worth the political effort.
AIMS Healthcare Fellow David Zitner looks at a new Nova Scotia Department of Health action as an ill-conceived experiment that will reduce patient and physician choice and reduce access to family physicians.
AIMS health policy fellow, Dr. David Zitner, argues healthcare in Nova Scotia is problematic, leading to excessive costs for medical and non-medical health services.
Morgan Beatty and Marco Navarro-Genie analyse the results of the last federal election through the looking glass of electoral reform to show how Atlantic Canada’s variety of representation could improve but at the expense of the region’s political influence.
AIMS Senior Fellow Robert Roach examines the paradoxical implications of environmentalists who seek the destruction of the market economy, believing that "capitalism is the root cause of environmental problems and social injustices.”
AIMS Fellow David MacKinnon suggests that the new government in Ottawa has a unique opportunity to help reset the region out of dependency and into the path of prosperity.
In his report, Atlantic Canada and the U.S. Electricity Market: Projects and Perspectives, commissioned by the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS), Gordon L. Weil provides a catalog of current proposals for new transmission links between Atlantic Canada and New England.

Of Interest

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AIMS in the Media

Le Nouveau-Brunswick serait trop dépendant des capitaux d’Ottawa (Dioron, Acadie Nouvelle)

Les programmes d'aide du fédéral nuisent au développement des provinces de l'Atlantique (Radio-Canada Acadie)

TransCanada: un projet qui passe mal (Radio-Canada, Quebec City)

Public sector cuts would provide savings, says AIMS  (CBC)

AIMS contributes to Newfoundland & Labrador public sector discussion (Don Mills, Michael Kydd, CBC Cross Talk)

La Loche: A beautiful town with a rough reputation (Patrick White, The Globe and Mail)

A free ‘market’ of locations (Marni Soupcoff, National Post)

Addressing Atlantic Canada's Spending Problem (Marco Navarro-Genie, The Rick Howe Show)

There’s a reason people leave the Atlantic provinces, Mr. McKenna (Marni Soupcoff, National Post)

AIMS President Marco Navarro-Genie speaks about NS Bill 148 on News 95.7 Radio.

West Kings students plead case for keeping early morning start (Kings County News, John DeCoste)

Robert Campbell named to the Order of Canada (Cumberland News Now)


Hungry for new ideas (Richard Woodbury, Progress Magazine)

Press Release - Legislated wage patterns a step in the right direction: AIMS

Free Market Capitalism Gives us the Freedom, the Enterprise and the Wealth to Tackle Environmental Problems in Serious Ways (Robert Roach, CJOB)

Ontario to lose equalization payments as Alberta's economic fortunes fall (Karen Howlett and Jane Taber, Globe and Mail)


Rona Ambrose sera la chef de l'opposition aux Communes (Marco Navarro-Genie, Radio-Canada, Francais)

Economic Development and the Culture of Nova Scotia (Consultation, Marco Navarro-Genie)


U.S. power market may be harder to crack than expected (Chronicle Herald, Joann Alberstat)

AIMS President Marco Navarro-Genie sheds light on trade relations between Mexico and Canada (Spanish)

AIMS President Marco Navarro-Genie provides analysis of the Halifax-area electoral ridings for Radio-Canada (en francais)


Media Release: Binnion to deliver “game changing” speech on hydraulic fracturing in New Brunswick

MEDIA ADVISORY: Taking the Long View: Ensuring Canada's Success in the 21st Century

Checking the Math on Childcare (Global News, Ian Munro)

Media Release: Bridging the Left and Right - unique partnership seeking innovative solutions to province's healthcare woes

TECO acquisition ‘very good’ for Emera, says expert (Joann Alberstat, Chronicle Herald)