I M M I G R A T I O N   &    L A B O U R    P O L I C Y

Immigration and Labour is a new area of research for AIMS. It seeks to examine policy options in response to the demographic challenges facing the region from a market-oriented and pro-growth immigration strategy. The One Nova Scotia report indicated that attracting and retaining inter-provincial and international immigrants is essential to population growth to increase the number of entrepreneurs, and to renew the labour force. We believe that the analysis of the One Nova Scotia commission applies to the rest of the region.

Labour market performance is a key determinant of prosperity. Smart labour market policies can reduce the prevalence and depth of poverty while helping to drive economic growth. Among the most important labour market challenges facing the Atlantic region is an aging population. Currently, the region has consistently low participation rates. AIMS wishes to respond to the issues of labour and immigration, in a formative way, by increasing its research efforts and focus on these two areas.



Atlantic Canada’s opportunity for American immigration

By IRVIN STUDIN (AIMS Author) The Times-Transcript, 18 May 2017 The Daily Gleaner, 18 May 2017 The Telegraph-Journal, 19 May 2017 The Local Xpress, 19 May 2017 ...
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The 2016 census

By WENDELL COX (Principal of Demographia) • New Geography, 14 February 2017 Statistics Canada has just announced population counts from the 2016 census and the narrative is all about the Prairie Provinces. Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba (yes, Manitoba) were the three fastest growing provinces. Metropolitan area growth was dominated by ...
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Italy is on the verge of damaging the EU in a way that will dwarf Brexit

By PATRICK LUCIANI (AIMS Senior Fellow) • Financial Post, 8 December 2016 Rarely does a chance come along to shift a nation’s fortunes by changing its constitution. Italy had that chance and, in the process, could rid itself of an elite and bloated public administration and effectively abolish one branch ...
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Atlantic immigration plan must meet policy reform

AIMS President Marco Navarro-Génie discusses the recently-announced immigration pilot project. "More immigration to the region is good," he writes. "But its success is tethered to retaining workers. We need to straighten out the policies that foster undisciplined spending, push taxation and the cost of living upward, and harmfully reduce competition" ...
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Words do not beget attitudes; economic context does

In the immigrant news outlet New Canadian Media, AIMS President Marco Navarro-Génie discusses the Maritime habit of referring to outsiders as people who "come from away." He relays his own story of immigration to Canada as a refugee, and argues that the country and the region are welcoming places indeed ...
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New Brunswick’s Magic Weed?

“It’s simple market dynamics,” says OrganiGram’s Ray Gracewood. “Many recreational users now purchase within the black market, so our industry challenge will be providing a safer, more consistent and better-packaged product ...
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Jackson Doughart on Supply Management

Canada's dairy, egg, and poultry industries are governed by supply management, which restricts production, controls prices, and restricts imports. This arrangement is bad for consumers, who pay high prices for staple ...
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Marco Navarro-Génie speaks with Ben Mulroney on CTV’s Your Morning

Why immigration is desperately needed in Atlantic Canada - Marco Navarro-Genie, President & CEO, Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS), discusses why people aren’t staying in or moving to Atlantic Canada ...
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Immigration is the only way to reverse Atlantic Canada’s population decline

Globe and Mail quoting AIMS President Marco Navarro-Génie By John Ibbitson • The Globe and Mail, 08 February 2017 Whatever will become of Atlantic Canada? The first release of 2016 ...
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