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Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP)

The Northwest Territories Nominee Program is a government immigration program that selects applicants who demonstrate they have the potential and the desire to immigrate and settle themselves and their families in the Northwest Territories.

Under the Northwest Territories Nominee Program, you may qualify under one of the following four categories:

Skilled Worker Category

The Skilled Worker Category is an employer driven process that is intended for skilled occupations (National Occupational Classification Matrix Skill Levels O, A, B).

To qualify under Skilled Worker category, the applicant must:

  • have the required certification or accreditation for the specific trade or occupation;
  • be licensed or accepted by the Territorial body governing the occupation or trade, if applicable;
  • be able to conduct basic communications in either English or French, depending on the official language of the work place; and,
  • not be a refugee claimant.

The employer must:

  • be registered and operational for a minimum of one year;
  • provide an offer of full-time employment according to local standards;
  • provide proof that they have tried to recruit locally and nationally to fill the position using national advertising requirements; and,
  • obtain a Labour Market Opinion from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC).

Since you need a job in order to apply under the Northwest Territories Skilled Worker category, we invite you to start your job search with our free Canada Job Search Tool.

Critical Impact Category

The Skilled Worker Category is an employer driven process that is intended for skilled occupations (National Occupational Classification Matrix Skill Levels O, A, B).

To qualify under Critical Impact category, the applicant must:

  • have a temporary work permit and have worked in the same position for six months;
  • prove sufficient financial supports or settlement supports in the NWT;
  • be able to conduct basic communications in either English or French, depending on the official language of the work place; and,
  • not be a refugee claimant.

The employer must:

  • be registered and operational for a minimum of one year;
  • provide an offer of full-time employment according to local standards;
  • be in good standing with the Employment Standards office.
  • provide proof that they have tried to recruit locally and nationally to fill the position using national advertising requirements; and,
  • obtain a Labour Market Opinion from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC).

Since you need a job in order to apply under the Northwest Territories Critical Impact Category, we invite you to start your job search with our free Canada Job Search Tool.

Entrepreneur Category

To qualify under the Entrepreneur Business category of the NTNP an applicant must:

  • invest a minimum of C$300,000 equity into starting or buying a business within the corporate boundaries of Yellowknife, NWT, or a minimum of C$150,000 equity into starting or buying a business outside of the corporate boundaries of Yellowknife, NWT;
  • have a personal net worth of at least C$500,000 if starting or buying a business within the corporate boundaries of Yellowknife, NWT; or at least C$250,000 if starting or buying a business outside the
    corporate boundaries of Yellowknife, NWT;
  • have an additional $75,000 kept in a trust account and released upon completion of a Performance Agreement based on a business proposal;
  • demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the Northwest Territories and its economy;
  • be able to communicate in one of the official languages; and
  • have the necessary experience and education to successfully implement the business plan.

Self-Employed Category

To qualify under the Self-Employed category of the NTNP an applicant must:

  • have a profession that is identified as a professional skill shortage;
  • satisfy any certification or accreditation requirements for the particular profession or occupation;
  • be licensed/accepted by the body governing the profession, if any;
  • demonstrate reasonable communication skills appropriate to the NWT;
  • demonstrate a reasonable knowledge and understanding of the NWT and its economy;
  • demonstrate that they have sufficient financial resources to start and operate the professional practice and to support themselves and any dependents for a period of six months; and,
  • submit a detailed business plan for the business or practice.

For more information on Northwest Territories PNP, see our Northwest Territories Nominee Program FAQ.

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