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Will Canada Establish a Municipal Nominee Program? – Newfoundland & Labrador Provincial Nominee Programs
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Will Canada Establish a Municipal Nominee Program?

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As Canada prepares for a federal election in September, a regional pilot program aimed at helping communities welcome new immigrants is in the planning stages for a possible fall launch. The Municipal Nominee Program (MNP) was described by Canadian Minister of Immigration Marco Mendicino as a way to aid municipalities across Canada in attracting and retaining immigrants to assist with regional employment concerns. Speaking in Windsor, Ontario during a conference with local organizations, Mendicino outlined that the Municipal Nominee Program would encourage Canadian municipalities to apply for an allocation of a certain number of spaces (likely around 5,000 total) as long as they work closely with local settlement agencies, chambers of commerce, and community leaders. The Windsor Star, in a story published in June 2021, indicated that Windsor, ON was under consideration to be one of 20 communities participating in the MNP.

The MNP would join other immigration programs meant to distribute newcomers to less populous parts of Canada. Provincial Nomination Programs (PNPs), the Rural and Northern Pilot Program (RNPP) and the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) are other programs aimed at helping areas of Canada meet needs specific to a certain region. According to the OECD in 2019, around 80% of immigrants selected by these programs settle in larger cities and metropolitan areas, so the MNP would be one way to give autonomy to smaller populations in Canada to choose immigrants, and to better spread out the benefits of immigration throughout the country. It is also a way to keep those already in federal immigration program selection pools from staying in those pools indefinitely.

Although there is currently no information about potential selection criteria, some PNPs and other similar programs place an emphasis on connections to an area, be it a province, region, or city. This is in response to issues around retaining immigrants in a given area once they receive permanent residency. Another method of ensuring immigrants feel welcome is to require an immigration program to use the services of a settlement agency or equivalent.

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