The Government of Canada is proposing a new immigration program that will give smaller communities in Canada the chance to nominate foreign workers who have the skills to make meaningful contributions to their local economies to become Permanent Residents (PRs). The proposed program will be known as the Municipal Nominee Program (MNP).
MUNICIPAL NOMINEE PROGRAM TO WELCOME 5,000 NEW IMMIGRANTS A YEAR
The MNP will bring in 5,000 new immigrants in its first year, with 2,750 slots set aside for principal applicants and an additional 2,250 slots for their spouses and qualified dependents.
PARTICIPATING MUNICIPALITIES UNDER THE MNP
While no municipalities have announced their intentions to participate in the MNP, those already part of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) and the provinces participating in the Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP), specifically Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, will likely be excluded.
That leaves municipalities in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario as those likely to be part of the MNP.
With Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) seen as releasing application criteria soon, municipalities will have to submit applications expressing their interest to participate when the program opens.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MUNICIPAL NOMINEE PROGRAM
IRCC has not announced the basic requirements needed to apply for the MNP, but following similar immigration programs, emphasis will likely be given to age, educational and work backgrounds as well as language proficiency.
It remains to be seen in the MNP will require applicants to have a job offer from an eligible Canadian employer in order to be nominated.
Applicants who can demonstrate a willingness to stay in the municipality that nominates them will have a better chance of a successful application over others.
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