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


PublicFinance&FiscalFederalism

Checking the Math on Childcare

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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!




2015 Chairman's Dinner with the Honourable John Manley

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Register for this event HERE

 

An Analysis of the Tax ProposalsPublicFinance&FiscalFederalism in the Nova Scotia Tax and Regulatory Review

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A report commissioned by the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) and written by Dr. Kevin Milligan, Associate Professor, Vancouver School of Economics, suggests the recommendations of the seven-month-old Broten review are steps in the right direction in terms of fairness in Nova Scotia's tax system. 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)

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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!


HealthcarePolicyPublic Participation in Healthcare and Policy Reform

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On October 13, 2015, AIMS will host a second forum and bring together disease-focused community-based organizations, members of the cooperative sector, and the public at large to weigh in on the topic of barriers to public participation in health care. Dr. David Zitner, a Senior Fellow with AIMS, is leading this initiative, together with AIMS president & CEO Marco Navarro-Génie and research associate Jeffrey Collins. Click here for full details!


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!


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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
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.
AIMS’ authors Collins, Zitner, and Navarro-Genie argue that the way forward for meaningful healthcare reform will have to involve greater public participation.
Most Canadians have immediate online access to financial services, but most Nova Scotians do not have timely access to their medical charts, or to the results of laboratory tests. Consequently, it is more difficult for Nova Scotians to participate in their own care.
Canada’s premiers have a critical role to play in keeping Canada’s economy moving forward while abiding by our excellent environmental standards and ensuring that radical environmentalists do not impair Atlantic Canada’s chances for economic growth or the prosperity of Canadians.
A report commissioned by the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) and written by Dr. Kevin Milligan, Associate Professor, Vancouver School of Economics, suggests the recommendations of the seven-month-old Broten Review are steps in the right direction in terms of fairness in Nova Scotia`s tax system.
Everything has a price -- Including internet bandwidth. Without that price system, providers get mixed messages when it comes to things like growing rural infrastructure, or ensuring bandwidth is used efficiently. As AIMS president Marco Navarro-Genie argues, it's no different than usage based pricing of water. Without it we get waste and stagnation that could ultimately culminate into an internet drought.
The newly released four-year study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should give pause to even the most ardent opponents of fracking and hopefully, cautious regulators in the two Maritime provinces. The study found no evidence to sustain oft-repeated assertions that the processes involved in fracking have “led to widespread, systemic [adverse] impacts on drinking water resources in the United States.
Jeffrey Collins of AIMS explains why we can't cut corners on defence, and why "off the shelf" technology is more of a myth than anything.
One hopes the sitting government — or a new government after the fall election — would take seriously the job of reconciliation with Canada’s indigenous peoples after the release of the recent Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report.
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.

Of Interest

Braid: Unlike Notley, Wall tells provinces to butt out of pipeline approval

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall keeps his priorities straight when it comes to energy development and the Canadian Economy



AIMS in the Media

AUGUST 2015

Western premier says scales tipped against rich provinces (Chris Morris, New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal)

AIMS Radio: Economy vs Environment

AIMS Radio: Money Does Buy Happiness

Rural Internet access: Broadband co-ops are the way to go (Tyler Mattheis, Chronicle Herald)

JULY 2015

It's 2015, so why can't I email my doctor yet? (Dianne Kelderman, David Zitner, Chronicle Herald)

Your health information: our secret (David Zitner, Chronicle Herald)

Nalcor Energy Marketing looks to ship it out to Boston (The Telegram)

AIMS on the Radio: Canada's Equalization Program Needs To Be Reformed

Raising Minimum Wage may do more harm than good (Michael Kydd, CBC Radio)

Does Nova Scotia stifle innovation? (Financial Post)

AIMS Radio: No-Zero Policies Are Harmful to Students

Should we stop paying down our public debt? (Marco Navarro-Genie, CBC Radio)

Jeffrey Collins discusses defense procurement on the Jerry Agar show

JUNE 2015

AIMS on the Radio: Two new spots take the airwaves

When releasing violent offenders, use fact, not opinion (David Zitner and Jeffrey F. Collins, Chronicle Herald)

The limits of psychiatry in the criminal justice system (David Zitner and Jeffrey F. Collins, National Post)

Alberta should save all of its resource revenue (Robert Roach, Calgary Herald)

Save And Spend, In That Order (Robert Roach, Jeff Collins and Marco Navarro-Genie, The Telegram)

MAY 2015

AIMS Says Students With Learning Disabilities Need Financial Help, (CBC News New Brunswick)

New Brunswick Can Help Students With Learning Disabilities, Says Report, (Ginabeth Roberts, Moncton Times&Transcript)

Righting the Ship in Atlantic Canada: Students Urged to Share Ideas in Essay Competition

NDP Victory in Alberta is Not a Sign of an Orange Wave at the Next Federal Election (Olivier Pinsonneault, Radio Canada) (en Francais)

Helping Yourself By Helping Your Doctor, (Dr. David Zitner, Chronicle Herald)

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)

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