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.



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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Presentation to Senate Committee on Trade

On May 11, 2016, AIMS President Marco Navarro-Génie testified before the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce, in a hearing about internal trade within Canada. In his statement, he recommended that the federal government encourage open borders, and that the Atlantic Province join the New West Partnership Trade Agreement ...
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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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Federal government botches job file

A Calgary Herald editorial criticizes labour policies from the federal government. It quotes AIMS's Vice President of Research John Williamson, who fears that the government "is creating an EI trap." ...
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Atlantic premiers, Ottawa announce pilot project to boost immigration

In a Globe and Mail story by Jane Taber, Marco Navarro-Génie says, "More people alone can’t fix the economy, especially when we can’t retain the people that we do bring." ...
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