AIMS Makes A Difference In Atlantic Canada

Economic Development

Platform for Nova Scotia

By | May 18th, 2017|Policy Papers|

This Spring, the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) surveyed dozens of leading minds in Nova Scotia about the province’s future. Respondents discussed their concerns about Nova Scotia, including low growth, decaying public institutions, and demographic stagnation. To reverse decline, this group proposed many original and helpful insights for public policy reform. Among the [...]

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Canada’s Urban Areas: descent from affordability

By | March 14th, 2017|Commentary|

By WENDELL COX (Principal of Demographia)   Canada is a nation of wide open spaces, yet it has high urban area densities recently driven higher by a redefinition of urban area criteria (Note 1). Canada's largest urban area (population centre) is Toronto, with a population of 5.4 million continues to be the densest of the 59 [...]

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A bank called Costco

By | March 13th, 2017|Commentary|

By SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS (AIMS Senior Fellow) Troy Media, March 9, 2017 The Guardian, March 9, 2017 Summary: Costco now has 10% of the food retailing market in Canada, and is going to charge you more to have access to its products, as of June. Given its solid success over the last few years in Canada, higher [...]

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Only a growth agenda will make Island prosper

By | March 7th, 2017|Commentary|

By JACKSON DOUGHART (AIMS Research Coordinator) The Journal-Pioneer, March 2, 2017 The Charlottetown Guardian, March 7, 2017 Summary: More outside capital and greater productivity are the keys to greater prosperity on Prince Edward Island. With the greatest dependence in Canada upon federal transfers to finance government, it is vital that the province better develop its own sources [...]

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The Size and Cost of the Public Sector in Western Canada

By | March 7th, 2017|Policy Papers|

The Size and Cost of the Public Sector in Western Canada authored by Rodney A. Clifton, Jackson Doughart, and Marco Navarro-Génie, examines the provincial and municipal public sectors in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. For 2015, the authors draw data from Statistics Canada and examine the share of the overall workforce in the [...]

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Many still struggling with housing affordability

By | January 30th, 2017|In the Media|

News article mentioning the 13th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey • CHAT Television, 30 January 2017 MEDICINE HAT, AB — A recently released survey on International Housing Affordability from the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies ranked Medicine Hat as the most affordable place to buy a house compared to other Alberta cities. The ranking [...]

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Medicine Hat ranked most affordable housing market in Alberta

By | January 30th, 2017|In the Media|

News article mentioning the 13th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey • CHAT Television, 30 January 2017 MEDICINE HAT, AB — An annual International Housing Affordability Survey conducted by the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies has ranked Medicine Hat as the most affordable city for housing in Alberta. The study uses the median price of [...]

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Atlantic Canada’s affordable urban housing

By | January 30th, 2017|Commentary|

By JACKSON DOUGHART (AIMS) and WENDELL COX (Demographia) • The Local Xpress, 30 January 2017 • Charlottetown Guardian, 31 January 2017 • Troy Media, 02 February 2017 Every year, news magazines and websites publish "best city" lists, ranking global cities that are the most attractive places to live. Unfortunately, most middle-class people couldn't afford to [...]

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C’est à Moncton où l’accès à la propriété est la plus abordable au pays

By | January 24th, 2017|In the Media|

News article mentioning the 13th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey • Acadie Nouvelle, 24 January 2017 An 'Acadie Nouvelle' story discusses housing affordability, mentioning the results of the 13th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey, co-published by AIMS. C’est à Moncton où l’accès à la propriété est le plus abordable au pays, selon une [...]

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St. John’s housing moderately unaffordable: think tank

By | January 23rd, 2017|In the Media|

News article mentioning the 13th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey • The Telegram, 23 January 2017 Housing in St. John''s has reached “"moderately unaffordable" range, says The Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) which released an index this morning on housing affordability. The same conclusion was reached about Halifax, the other of Atlantic Canada's [...]

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