The Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) is the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) of the province of Northwest Territories.
The Northwest Territories is one of the three federal territories in Northern Canada. The Government of Northwest Territories have the authority to select and nominate immigrants who meet specific criteria and demonstrate the potential to settle successfully in their respective regions or territories.
Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) Streams
The Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) consists of 3 streams that target specific groups of applicants with different qualifications and experiences. Each stream has its own set of requirements and criteria that applicants must meet. Successful applicants who receive a nomination from the Northwest Territories can then apply for Canadian permanent residence through the federal government’s immigration authorities.
These streams include:
- Business Stream
- Employer-Driven Stream
- Francophone Stream
Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP): Business Stream
The Business Stream under the Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) is for individuals who wish to initiate, acquire, or invest in and manage a business in the Northwest Territories (NWT).
When applying through the Business Stream in the NWT, you can enjoy several advantages, such as no wait list for your application, faster processing times, and dedicated personnel based in the NWT to assist you throughout the entire process with personalized guidance.
To be eligible, you must meet the following requirements:
- Applicants are required to make a financial commitment according to the following criteria:
- Investing at least $300,000 CDN equity* when starting or purchasing a business within the corporate boundaries of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
- Investing at least $150,000 CDN equity* when starting or purchasing a business outside the corporate boundaries of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
- Demonstrate ownership of at least 33.3% of the business. Unless a personal equity investment of at least $1,000,000 CDN is made, in which case ownership can be less than 33.3%.
- Applicants must provide proof of their personal net worth as follows:
- At least $500,000 CDN when starting or buying a business within the corporate boundaries of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
- At least $250,000 CDN when starting or buying a business outside the corporate boundaries of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
- Demonstrate language proficiency by achieving at least level 4 of the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB 4) in English or its equivalent on the Niveaux de competence linquistique Canadiens (NCLC) in French.
Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP): Employer-Driven Stream
The Employer-Driven Stream facilitates the hiring and nomination of foreign nationals by employers when there is a lack of available Canadians or Canadian Permanent Residents. This stream is designed to assist employers in recruiting critically needed and skilled workers while providing opportunities for workers to obtain Canadian Permanent Residency. The stream consists of three program categories.
In order to participate in this stream, it is necessary to secure a job offer from an employer in the Northwest Territories (NWT). Expressions of interest from individuals without a job offer are not accepted, and no invitations to apply are issued without a job offer.
To explore potential employment opportunities in the NWT, you can consider utilizing the following websites, which provide listings of job openings in the region:
- Edge North Job Board
- Canada Job Bank (search Northwest Territories)
- GNWT Careers
- Northern News Services Job Listings
- Indeed Jobs – Northwest Territories
There are 3 streams under the Employer-Driven Stream of the NTNP:
- Entry Level/Semi-Skilled Occupations
- Skilled Worker
- NWT Express Entry
Entry Level/Semi-Skilled Occupations
The Entry Level/Semi-Skilled Occupations category is designed to address shortages in entry-level positions that cannot be filled by local or national candidates in Canada. This category specifically applies to occupations classified under National Occupation Classification (NOC) TEER 4 or 5.
To qualify, foreign nationals must have been employed full-time in the same position with the employer for a minimum of 6 months and must comply with the requirements of their temporary foreign work permit.
The Skilled Worker category assists employers in attracting qualified individuals when there is a shortage of workers in the Northwest Territories (NWT) for jobs that demand formal education, specialized training, or a combination of both. This category is for occupations classified under National Occupation Classification (NOC) TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3.
To be eligible for this category, foreign nationals must be able to demonstrate their training, experience, and education align with the requirements of the job description. Moreover, skilled workers must have at least 1 year of full-time experience in the relevant occupation.
NWT Express Entry
The NWT Express Entry category is designed for skilled workers who already have a profile in the Express Entry System to work and live in the NWT. This category is for occupations classified under National Occupation Classification (NOC) TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3.
The Express Entry system facilitates the processing of permanent residency applications, enabling employers to efficiently retain skilled employees. When approved by the NWT, candidates receive an additional 600 points within the Express Entry pool.
To be qualified for the NWT Express Entry category, foreign nationals must fulfill the following criteria:
- You are accepted into IRCC’s Express Entry Pool.
- You have a registered profile in the Express Entry system.
- You have a Job Seeker Validation Code.
- You hold a valid job offer from an employer in the NWT.
- You have at least 1 year of full-time experience in the same or a similar occupation they are being nominated for within the past 10 years.
- You have the required certification or accreditation for the specific trade, occupation, and NOC code employment requirements.
- You meet the language proficiency requirements.
- You are not a refugee claimant.
Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP): Francophone Stream
The Francophone Stream of the Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) enables eligible foreign nationals who have proficiency in both French and English to apply for nomination. They should also hold a valid job offer from an employer in the NWT. This stream aims to expand the pool of bilingual workers across all National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill levels, including NOC skill levels 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4.
To ensure effective communication in both French and English, there are minimum language requirements that applicants must meet. These language proficiency requirements must be satisfied at the time of application, and supporting evidence of language testing results must be provided.
How TWA Can Help
Hiring an immigration consultant for NTNP applications is recommended as they can:
- Assist with navigating complex eligibility criteria and documentation requirements
- Avoid mistakes that could impact success
- Act as a liaison between applicants and government authorities
- Increase the chances of success
It is important to note that consultants must be licensed by ICCRC to provide professional immigration services in Canada.