Northwest Territories Express Entry Stream

Northwest Territories is Canada’s territory that has one of the largest surfaces areas and a slightly warmer climate than Canada’s other territories. The territory’s economy exploits its vast geological resources, including gold, diamonds, natural gas, and petroleum. The Northwest Territories are not very densely populated, which means there are opportunities for foreign workers seeking employment. Through the Northwest Territories’ Provincial Nominee Program (NTNP) program, prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a Northwest Territories Provincial Nomination Certificate, which will allow that foreign national to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence.

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Here are some of the ways to qualify for Canada permanent residency under the Northwest Territories PNP.

NorthWest Territories-Express Entry Stream

NorthWest Territories-Express Entry Stream which is under Northwest Territories Employer Driven Program. Candidates who are eligible to enter the federal Express Entry pool by qualifying for one of the three federal immigration programs (Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, or Canadian Experience Class) may also be eligible for the Northwest Territories’ Express Entry Stream, which nominates certain potential immigrants who meet the criteria of the Skilled Worker Stream.

Eligibility Criteria for the candidates is given below:

  • Be eligible for one of the three federal economic immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, or Canadian Experience Class;
  • Meet the criteria for the Skilled Worker Stream under the NTNP Employer Driven Program;
  • Provide the acceptance letter issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry Pool;
  • Provide the Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Validation Code issued by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Express Entry Pool; and
  • Have expressed interest in immigrating to the Northwest Territories.
  • Intend to settle permanently in the Northwest Territories;
  • Work in a National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level 0, A,
    or B occupation;
  • Have legal status to work and hold a valid work permit if they are currently residing in Canada;
  • Have the required certification or accreditation for the occupation based on the job description, the job advertisements (if applicable) and the NOC’s employment requirements;
    • Employers in non-regulated occupations are responsible for ensuring that the applicant meets occupational standards and has the required work experience to carry out the duties of the occupation. Applicants must also have one year of full-time experience in the occupation they are being nominated for.
  • Have the formal education and/or specialized training, certification, licensing, or registration for the specific position as required by the Government of Northwest Territories;
    • Applicants who completed their education outside of Canada must have their educational credentials assessed to compare them to educational standards in Canada by obtaining an ECA by an organization designated by the Government of Canada.
  • Must apply to the position being advertised by the NWT employereither in response to the local or national job advertisement. In their application, the foreign national must demonstrate how they applied to the position and that they meet the educational and employment requirements of the position (if responding to NWT employer’s advertisement).
  • Be able to sufficiently communicate in English and/or French;
  • Submit the following documentation in original, or certified true copies (must be a clear, readable copy), translated into English or French:
    • Valid work permit;
    • Passport (biographical page only);
    • Birth certificate;
    • Marriage certificate or declaration of common-law union; and
    • Birth certificate(s) and passport(s) for dependent(s).
  • Demonstrate a valid, full-time, permanent job offer that demonstrates their ability to economically settle in the Northwest Territories;
  • Meet the minimum language requirements by demonstrating the ability to communicate in one of Canada's official languages, English or French. Minimum language requirements include:
    • Achieving the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 6 for NOC 0 and A or CLB 5 for NOC B in either English or French across all categories: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

In order to be eligible under the Northwest Territories’s Express Entry Stream, employers must:

  • Be a registered business, industry association, or a local, municipal, First Nation or Territorial Government, in the Northwest Territories;
  • Be in good standing with the Northwest Territories’ Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission and the Northwest Territories’ Employment Standards office;
    • Employers who are subject to the Northwest Territories’ Employment Standards Act are required to submit additional documentation and comply with guidelines set out by the NWT Provincial Nominee Program.
  • Have been registered and operational for a minimum of one year on a full-time basis prior to submitting the application;
  • Extend an offer of employment to the foreign national for a permanent, full-time position (minimum 37.5 hours per week);
  • Provide an employment contract that is consistent with the territories’s Employment Standards Act;
    • The employment contract must not be in conflict with any existing collective bargaining agreements.
  • The NWT employer must submit a detailed job description for the position that includes:
    • position title;
    • language requirements of the position – either English or French or another of the Northwest Territories’ official languages (any other language will only be considered an asset);
    • main duties of the positions;
    • educational and work experience requirements of the position; and
    • any occupational certification required for the position (including any required certification or accreditation).
  • Research and determine an appropriate NOC code for the position based on the educational and work experience requirements and job duties;
  • Submit a positive LMIA or  proof of job advertisement for the position. Employers must adhere to the LMIA agreement if hiring a foreign national based on a positive LMIA;
  • If nominating a foreign national without an LMIA, employers are required to provide proof of local, national or industry (optional) advertising, as well as a summary of advertising results;
    • In the job advertisement, employers are required to include the application process, job requirements, and the wage for the
      position.
Skilled Worker Stream

Skilled Worker Stream in which Foreign nationals with a job offer in a skilled occupation from an employer in the Northwest Territories and who meet the requirements for the position, in terms of licensing and certification as well as have the appropriate language skills, may qualify for this stream. In order to make a valid offer of employment that can be used by the applicant to qualify under this Northwest Territories PNP stream.

In order to be eligible under the Employer Driven Program Skilled Worker Stream, foreign nationals must:

  • Intend to settle permanently in the Northwest Territories;
  • Have legal status to work and hold a valid work permit if they are currently residing in Canada;
  • Demonstrate a valid, full-time, permanent job offer in an occupation classified under NOC Skill Level 0, A, or B, which demonstrates their ability to economically settle in the Northwest Territories;
  • Have the required certification or accreditation for the occupation based on the job description, the job advertisements (if applicable) and the National Occupational Classification (NOC)’s employment requirements;
    • Employers in non-regulated occupations are responsible for ensuring that the applicant meets occupational standards and has the required work experience to carry out the duties of the occupation. Applicants must also have one year of full-time experience in the occupation they are being nominated for.
  • Have the formal education and/or specialized training, certification, licensing, or registration for the specific position as required by the Government of Northwest Territories;
    • Applicants who completed their education outside of Canada must have their educational credentials assessed to compare them to educational standards in Canada by obtaining an ECA by an organization designated by the Government of Canada.
  • Must apply to the position being advertised by the NWT employer either in response to the local or national job advertisement. In their application, the foreign national must demonstrate how they applied to the position and that they meet the educational and employment requirements of the position (if responding to an employer’s advertisement).
  • Submit the following documentation in original, or certified true copies (must be a clear, readable copy), translated into English or French:
    • Valid work permit;
    • Passport (biographical page only);
    • Birth certificate;
    • Marriage certificate or declaration of common-law union; and
    • Birth certificate(s) and passport(s) for dependent(s).
  • Meet the minimum language requirements by demonstrating the ability to communicate in one of Canada's official languages, English or French. Minimum language requirements include:
    • Achieving the Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 6 for NOC 0 and A or CLB 5 for NOC B in either English or French across all categories: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Critical Impact Worker Stream

Critical Impact Worker Stream enables the Government of Northwest Territories to nominate individuals who have received an offer of employment in a semi-skilled or unskilled position from an NWT employer. Applicants must have already worked in the position in the Northwest
Territories for a minimum of six months.

The following mentioned things are also required for the candidates:

  • Have a temporary work permit that allows them to work in Canada.
  • Have worked in the same position for at least the past six months.
  • Have any work experience that may be required for the position.
  • They can communicate in English or French.  The nominee must undergo language testing from an agency that is approved by the CIC.
  • The worker must also be able to demonstrate that they can financially support themselves.
Business Stream

Business Stream is for foreign nationals who demonstrate the ability to start, acquire or invest in an existing Northwest Territories business which
provides or may provide economic benefit to the Territory and create jobs.

Candidates must be eligible under this criteria:

  • Plan to invest at least $300,000 CAD in business in Yellowknife or $150,000 CAD in a business outside of Yellowknife.
  • Demonstrate their net worth is at least $500,000 CAD if the business is located in Yellowknife, or a minimum of $250,000 CAD if the business is located outside Yellowknife.
  • Make a $75,000 CAD refundable deposit guaranteeing the execution of the Performance Agreement, signed between the province and the applicant.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the markets and the Northwest Territories as well as their economy.
  • Have basic language proficiency in English or French.
  • Meet the minimum skills and education requirements to execute the business plan.