Northwest Territories Nominee Program

How to Apply for the Northwest Territories Nominee Program

Northwest Territories Nominee Program

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The Northwest Territories offers the Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) as a fast track alternative to the federal immigration streams.  The Northwest Territories is interested in inviting skilled and/or experienced workers and experienced business persons and to contribute to the economy through the labour force and business development.

There are four categories in the Northwest Territories Nominee Program:

  • Skilled Worker
  • Critical Impact Worker
  • Entrepreneur Business
  • Self-Employed Business

Skilled Worker

In order to apply for the Skilled Worker stream, you must receive a permanent, full-time job offer for an occupation in a specific category defined by the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC) list.  Your job offer must be in either a Skill Type 0 (managerial occupation), Skill Level A (professional occupation) or Skill Level B (technical occupation and skilled trade).

In addition, to be eligible, you must:

  • have the required certification or accreditation for the specific occupation or trade
  • be licensed or accepted by the Territorial body governing the occupation or trade, if it applies
  • be proficient in English or French, whichever applies to the work place

Critical Impact Worker

In order to apply for the Critical Impact Worker stream, you must receive a permanent, full-time job offer for an occupation in a specific category defined by the Canadian National Occupational Classification (NOC) list.  Your job offer must be in either Skill Type C and D, representing the hospitality and service sector industry.  You will need to have been working in the position for a minimum of six months under a temporary worker permit.

In addition, to be eligible, you must:

  • be proficient in English or French, whichever applies to the work place
  • provide evidence that you have financial or settlement supports in the NWT
  • have the required work experience for your position.

Entrepreneur Business

This category is for entrepreneurs and/or business owners/operators to establish business operations while living in the NWT.  If the business project involves introducing a new product to the NWT, or one that will significantly benefit the territory, it will receive special consideration.

Applicants must submit a business plan that will describe how the NWT will gradually benefit from the business.  Both a new business start-up or the purchase of an existing business are options.  An investment as an active management partner in an existing business would be another plan alternative.

If you are starting or buying a business within Yellowknife’s corporate boundaries, you must invest a minimum of $300,000 CDN and you must have a personal net worth of at least $500,000.

If you are starting or buying a business outside of Yellowknife’s corporate boundaries, you must invest a minimum of $150,000 CDN and you must have a personal net worth of at least $250,000.

Self-Employed Business

This category is for professionals who will establish business outlets or professional practices of which the NWT has a shortage.  A business plan must be submitted.

To be eligible, you must:

  • be licensed/accepted by the body governing the profession, if applicable
  • have any certification or accreditation that is necessary for your specific profession or occupation
  • provide evidence that you can afford to start and operate the professional practice, and to support yourself and any dependants financially for six months

There is more than simply knowing how to apply for the Northwest Territories Nominee Program – you might need help with the application itself.

Although the Provincial Nominee Program is designed to expedite the process to immigrate to Canada, it does add an extra step.  After you are successful in getting nominated, you still need to apply for permanent residence with the federal government.  Taking both tasks into account can feel overwhelming, but experienced Canadian immigration lawyers can assist you to properly navigate both processes, so you don’t make any mistakes.

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