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What Is Canada's Municipal Nominee Program?

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in Permanent Residence and Provincial Nominee Programs

What Is Canada's Municipal Nominee Program?

Canada's Municipal Nominee Program (MNP) is a regional economic immigration program for local communities, chambers of commerce and local labour councils to directly sponsor permanent immigrants to move to their community. Newcomer sponsorship is expected to be employer-driven to fill local labour needs. Local communities will recruit immigrants based on matching their skills to community job needs. With the guarantee of a job and community support to help newcomers integrate into the community, labour market experts anticipate immigrants will want to move to Canada's smaller cities and towns.

Following the October 2019 elections, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau instructed Canada's new Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino in a mandate letter to oversee IRCC's MNP pilot program. At an August 31 meeting in Atlantic Canada, Mendicino promised local community leaders that the federal government will release an immigration plan for 2021 and beyond in the fall, and said:

“Each and every one of them has seen the positive impact that immigration has delivered to their communities in the short term throughout the pandemic.
But they also have a vision that immigration will continue to be an accelerator of our economic recovery, creating more jobs, as well as long-term prosperity, and reflect the great diversity of who we are as Canadians.”

Municipal Nominee Program Key Points

To attract immigrants to their community anticipated key features of the MNP are:

  • There will be a minimum of 5,000 spaces per year available for the new immigration program
  • Reduce the permanent residence physical presence requirement to 3 years in the last 5, down from the current 4-years in the last 6 requirement
  • Make it free for permanent residents to apply for citizenship – it currently costs $630 to apply

Provincial Nominee Program

To encourage applications for Permanent Residence from people with skilled abilities, education and work experience that will contribute to the Canadian economy, Canada currently has a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), which allows workers who have the skills, education and work experience to immigrate and contribute to the economy of a specific province or territory. Each province or territory has its own specific immigration procedures.

PNP and Express Entry

If you apply under Canada's Express Entry Program, you must meet the individualized requirements of the province or territory, get a nomination in that Express Entry stream, submit an Express Entry profile (proving you are eligible), and also meet one of the immigration program requirements that are aligned with Express Entry.


Regional and municipal immigration programs are important to attract skilled newcomers to Canada's rural areas and smaller cities.

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Evelyn L. Ackah, BA, LL.B.

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It is one thing to earn a living; it is another thing to make a difference in the world.

This is our formal thank you note to Evelyn Ackah and the Ackah Law Team for all the effort they put into helping us navigate and finally resolve the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration back in the spring of 2012.

A friend referred us to Evelyn; he assured us that Evelyn would take good care of us. Our friend was confident we were in good hands and said Evelyn would do her very best to help us and she did! At the time we did not know that his referral would go far beyond finding us help. Slowly we realized that it would become our own personal story of how we received grace and were reminded of the power in paying it forward

We wrote a detailed page of our dilemma, explaining how we came to be in the position we were in (overwhelmed with the hurdle that was Canadian Immigration and the uncertainty that we faced as a young family in Calgary). Evelyn agreed to take on our file with her team. They found the time to personally call us and listened intently and understood the details of what we were dealing with. They gave us their time, an honest opinion and provided clear direction which proved to be invaluable advice. Months went by but in time, we received word from Ackah Law that the Immigration office had finally reviewed our file and a decision had been made allowing our family to finally put the immigration matter to rest. We were finally able to focus again to live our lives without fear or pending doom.

Looking back now, even the sun appeared to shine a little brighter that day. At first we didn’t know whether to bake them a cake, drive out to meet their team, find their offices and personally thank them with a mighty hug or simply cry out to the heavens in thankful relief. Instead we emailed them to express our heartfelt thank-you and we hoped that they would know deep in their hearts just how grateful we were for all of their help.

Even though we relied on emails and phone conversations to communicate with them that year, we will always remember their constant professionalism, their kindness and understanding at a time that brought us so much pain not to mention fear. As if all their hard work wasn’t enough, Evelyn then then casually mentions that all their work was done pro-bono! We were thoroughly humbled!

To this day we are still eager to share how wonderful they all are as human beings but even more than that, we continue to pay it forward in honour of them, their service to us and their continued dedication in helping others.

Eternally thankful

– The Brummunds

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