Source Communities and Inter-Provincial Employment in Atlantic Canada: Examining Economic Dependencies on Employment-Related Geographical Mobility (E-RGM)
The central goal of this research project is to understand the economic impacts of inter-provincial employment, with a particular focus on the source communities of Atlantic Canada. The results of this research will inform all levels of government, as well as private stakeholders on the level of which inter-provincial employment is present in particular regions and communities within the Atlantic region. Although the research will provide detailed information on Atlantic Canada as a whole, provinces will be provided with detailed information on past and current trends in inter-provincial employment within their own regions and jurisdictions, and estimates of contribution of repatriation will also be derived.
Currently, no information of this kind exists in the region, or for the most part, in all of Canada. This limits the ability of provincial and federal governments to identify how inter-provincial employment affects the economic characteristics of local communities. Understanding the underlying social and economic structure of a community is necessary to assess how well a specific community or region can deal with potential demographic and economic shocks (such as a decline in oil prices). Learning more about where Atlantic Canadians earn a living, and what they do with their funds (to the extent that this can be determined) is critical for learning more about the economic vitality of the region and planning for economic adjustment and future economic development.