The Northwest Territories with a population of just over 44,000 offers many opportunities for work and settlement, first-rate healthcare services and a strong education system. With its beautiful wilderness, thriving communities, and their impressive infrastructure, it makes for a great place to immigrate permanently.
The NTNP offers applicants to apply under two different programs with a range of different streams:
- Northwest Territories Employer-Driven Program:
- Northwest Territories Business Immigration Program:
Express Entry Skilled Worker Stream
This stream is designed for skilled workers who are eligible under the federal Express Entry system and are in the pool of candidates. If they meet the criteria of this stream, they may be able to apply and if nominated, will receive priority processing on both their NTNP application and their permanent residence application.
Additionally, the applicant must also have legal status to work in Canada and hold a valid work permit, have a full-time permanent job offer from an employer in the Northwest Territories, obtain an ECA if they studied outside of Canada, and meet minimum Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 6 for NOC 0 and A job and CLB 5 for NOC B job.
Skilled Worker Stream
This category is not tied with the federal Express Entry system. The applicant must however a full-time permanent job offer from an employer in the Northwest Territories in a skilled position (NOC 0, A, or B job). Furthermore, the applicant must have one year of full-time work experience in the occupation they are begin nominated for within the last 10 years. If the applicant is residing in Canada, they must have legal status and hold a valid work permit.
The Nominee Applicant must also prove they have sufficient settlement funds, which can be demonstrated from their valid job offer and industry rate of pay.
Critical Impact Worker Stream
The critical impact stream is designed for foreign nationals in semi-skilled and unskilled occupations that require limited to no training and must be working in a NOC level C or D occupation in order to be eligible.
The applicant must have worked full-time in the same position with the employer for at least six months and be in good standing with the requirements of their temporary foreign worker permit prior to applying under this stream. While a positive LMIA is not required, the employer must still show they tried to hire locally before looking at foreign nationals.
Applicants applying under this category must achieve a minimum of CLB 4 in all four areas in either English or French and demonstrate sufficient settlement funds (minimum is $10,000 CAD for principal applicant and $2000 for each accompanying dependent).
This final stream under the NTNP is as the name suggests and targets individuals who have the ability to establish, acquire, or invest in an existing business in the Northwest Territories.
This is an ideal stream for foreign nationals with a business mindset that will bring about economic growth and job creation for the residents living in the region. An investment is required in order to start or buy a business, including a net worth of at least $250,000 CAD for outside Yellowknife or $500,000 CAD if starting or buying a business in Yellowknife.
Applicant must also submit a business plan and as such must demonstrate they have the required experience and educational credentials in order to implement and execute the business plan.