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.



Revisiting the Minimum Wage in Atlantic Canada

Legislating further increases to the minimum wage would likely worsen youth unemployment in Atlantic Canada. Evidence shows that minimum wages price low-skilled persons out of work and reduce the opportunity for training and experience among young people. Given these effects, raising the wage floor is bad policy. New research published ...
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Lowering costs, not raising wages, key to helping low-income earners

By PATRICK WEBBER (AIMS Research Associate) Huddle, 13 June 2017 Troy Media, 14 June 2017 The Guardian, 19 June 2017 New Brunswick's government has raised the minimum wage by 35 cents to $11.00 per hour, the 12th increase since 2007. This policy moves the wage floor to the highest level in ...
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For the food industry, the $15-hour fight is pointless. Here’s why

By SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS (AIMS Senior Fellow) Globe and Mail, 4 June 2017 Troy Media, 7 June 2017 Waterloo Region Record, 8 June 2017 LocalXpress, 8 June 2017 The minimum wage is rising in many parts of the country. Recently, Ontario announced that it would raise its minimum wage to $15 an ...
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Submission to House Committee on Citizenship and Immigration

On May 31, 2017, AIMS President Marco Navarro-Génie appeared before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration to discuss demographic and economic challenges in Atlantic Canada. Below is the text of his presentation:  Mr. Chairman and Honourable Members of the Committee, Good afternoon: I am grateful for ...
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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 The Charlottetown Guardian, 23 May 2017 Troy Media, 28 May 2017 Hamilton Spectator, 31 May 2017 Huddle, 5 June 2017 What are the key elements of a Canadian strategy in ...
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Marco Navarro-Génie quoted in Minimum Wage article (French)

An article in the Acadie-Nouvelle in New Brunswick discusses AIMS's paper, "Revisiting the Minimum Wage in Atlantic Canada." Co-Author Marco Navarro-Génie says that higher minimum wages "won't reduce poverty. It ...
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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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