The Government of Canada proposed a new program that will give Canada’s smaller communities the opportunity to nominate eligible foreign workers and their families to come to Canada as Permanent Residents (PRs). The proposed program will be called the Municipal Nominee Program (MNP).
2,750 SLOTS UNDER MUNICIPAL NOMINEE PROGRAM
The MNP is expected to approve 2,750 applications for its first year, similar to other pilot programs. An additional 2,250 slots are expected to be allotted for spouses and qualified dependents.
MUNICIPAL NOMINEE PROGRAM LOCATIONS
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has yet to announce the municipalities that will be participating in the MNP, but it is likely that the MNP will exclude the Atlantic provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, since they are already participating in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP). Communities participating in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) are also likely to be excluded from the MNP.
Municipalities from the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario are seen as those likely to participate in the MNP.
IRCC will be announcing application criteria soon, with municipalities interested in participating in the MNP having to submit applications when the program opens.
Canadian employers from smaller municipalities will welcome the opportunity to hire foreign workers under the MNP.
While the basic requirements for the MNP have yet to be announced, it will likely follow the same selection criteria of other similar immigration programs.
Age, educational background, language proficiency, work experience as well as community connections will likely count towards an applicant being successfully nominated by the participating municipality.
It is not yet known if the MNP will require a job offer or a settlement plan as part of the requirements.
Applicants will likely be screened by communities, choosing those who are most likely to stay in the municipalities over others.
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