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.

POLICY PAPERS & OP-ED COMMENTARIES

 

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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/ by / in Commentary, International Affairs

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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/ by / in Commentary, Immigration

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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/ by / in Commentary, Immigration

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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Easier qualifying for EI payments isn’t fair, hurts our economy

In the Charlottetown Guardian, AIMS policy analyst Jackson Doughart explores the implications of federal EI changes to Prince Edward Island. Contrary to the claims of the local Coalition for Fair EI, easier access to employment insurance will hurt prospects for the economy, and for young people's prosperity, in the future ...
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MEDIA MENTIONS

 

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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Fish products and temporary foreign workers

In a Radio-Canada piece about temporary foreign workers, AIMS President Marco Navarro-Génie says, "We must first address the question of local workers ... whom have not been attracted to employment." ...
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