P U B L I C   F I N A N C E   &   F I S C A L    F E D E R A L I S M

All four Atlantic Provinces face serious fiscal challenges. Public debt as a share of GDP is high, and debt servicing costs threaten to further constrain the ability of governments to keep taxes competitive and public services adequately funded in the years ahead.

Our work in the area of public finances and fiscal federalism draws on lessons from our own country’s history and other jurisdictions to identify successful strategies for public spending and tax reform that can help spur economic growth while improving the health of public finances. AIMS will also continue to be a leading centre for research on equalization and fiscal federalism.



First Nations Tax Exemptions Worth Over $1 billion per year

By LEE HARDING (AIMS Author) First Nations populations and on-reserve commerce are growing faster than the Canadian average. This growth should be welcomed by the rest of the Canadian family, save for one problem: unjustified tax exemptions for on-reserve commerce and individuals. Loopholes included in the Indian Act mean that ...
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Canada 150 a time for celebration and reflection

By MARCO NAVARRO-GÉNIE (President of AIMS) On its 150th birthday this weekend, Canadians celebrate their peaceful and prosperous country. It is also special occasion for those of us, born elsewhere, who have adopted Canada as our home. We especially know the gifts of Canada in contrast to other, less-stable places ...
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The Value of Tax Exemptions on First Nations Reserves

All Canadian provinces face mounting health expenditures, owing in part to the cost of tobacco smoking. Yet, tobacco sold on First Nations reserves is not subject to taxes, unlike off-reserve purchases. Even though exemptions are not enshrined in the constitution or in any treaty with aboriginals, they are a loophole ...
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Household Savings in Atlantic Canada, 1981-2015

Household Savings in Atlantic Canada, 1981-2015 discusses a low rate of household savings by Maritimers. While New Brunswick has an improved savings rate from the previous decade (following a modest upturn throughout Canada), Prince Edward Island’s household savings have remained constant. Meanwhile, Nova Scotia’s have worsened, with an average annual ...
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Radio Project: AIMS Platform for Nova Scotia

During the provincial election campaign, political parties in Nova Scotia presented their policy platforms, which detailed a governing agenda for the next four years. For the first time, the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies has released its own document, listing non-partisan policy proposals for the province's next government. Gleaned from ...
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Marco Navarro-Génie au Téléjournal Acadie

La Production des permis de conduire en Atlantique sera centralisée - Le Téléjournal Acadie   2 Juin 2017: Une nouvelle procédure sera mise en place en ce qui a trait à ...
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Jackson Doughart on Sheldon MacLeod Show

On June 1, 2017, AIMS Research Coordinator, Jackson Doughart, joined the Sheldon MacLeod Show on News 95.7 FM to discuss his latest study with David Murell, Household Savings in Atlantic Canada, ...
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Jackson Doughart: P.E.I. residents spend rather than save

A study by the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies has found people in Atlantic Canada save less money than the rest of Canada, especially in Prince Edward Island. Jackson Doughart, a ...
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David Murrell on CBC: Nova Scotia’s low savings rate

On May 25, AIMS Author David Murrell joined Bob Murphy on CBC Mainstreet to discuss Nova Scotia's low household savings rate. For more, please see Household Savings in Atlantic Canada, ...
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