new_immigrationNorthwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP)

Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) provides immigrants with the ability to take advantage of opportunities that may not otherwise be available to them, benefits those immigrants who can make a significant economic contribution to the NWT, and welcomes those with the genuine intention to settle and make the NWT their home.

An employer can have an individual nominated for permanent residency under one of four program categories:

  • Skilled Worker (SW)
  • Critical Impact Worker (CIW)
  • Entrepreneur Business
  • Self-Employed Business categories.

Skilled Worker

The Skilled Worker Category is an employer driven process that is intended for skilled occupations (National Occupational Classification (NOC) Matrix Skill Levels O, A, B -National Occupational Classification for which formal education and/or specialized training is required. It is designed to attract qualified individuals that will assist with shortages of skilled workers in the NWT.

In order to be nominates the applicant must:
  • Present a letter of offer of full time employment
  • 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
  • Not be a refugee claimant
  • Present original or certified true copy of nominee’s accreditation translated into English or French
  • resent original or certified true copy confirming nominee’s previous work experience, translated into English or French
  • Copy of nominee’s temporary work permit (if available or applicable).

Northwest Territories – Skilled Labour Shortages

Critical Impact Worker

The program is intended to assist NWT employers with critical labour shortages that cannot be filled by local residents. This category is designed to increase the labour pool for entry level jobs (NOC skill levels C & D – see National Occupational Classification in the hospitality and service sector industry to address the critical need of semi-skilled workers in the NWT. Employees must have worked in the position for six months under a temporary foreign worker permit.

In order to be nominated 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
  • Have the required work experience for the specific occupation
  • Be able to conduct basic communications in either English or French,
    depending on the official language of the work place
  • Not be a refugee claimant.
  • Present a letter of offer of full time employment
  • Present original or certified true copy confirming nominee’s previous work experience, translated into English or French
  • Proof that they have worked in the NWT for at least six months in the position
  • A copy of the nominee’s temporary work permit

Entrepreneur Business

This program is of interest to entrepreneurs and/or owner/operators of businesses who want to immigrate to the NWT and establish business operations in the NWT. All economic sectors are eligible for this program.

A business plan is required. The applicant’s business plan may involve a new business start-up or the purchase of an existing business. It could also involve investment as an active management partner in an existing business. The business plan must clearly detail the incremental benefits that will accrue to the NWT.

To be eligible to apply to the NWTP as a business applicant, you must:
  • Invest A minimum of $300,000 CDN equity into starting or buying a business within the corporate boundaries of Yellowknife, NWT;
  • Invest A minimum of $150,000 CDN equity into starting or buying a business outside of the corporate boundaries of Yellowknife, NWT
    Have a personal net worth of:

  • At least $500,000 CDN if starting or buying a business within the corporate boundaries of Yellowknife, NWT
  • At least $250,000 CDN 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 reasonable knowledge and understanding of NWT and its economy
  • Be able to demonstrate reasonable communication skills; and, Have the necessary experience and education to successfully implement the business plan

Self-Employed Business

The self-employed category of the Nominee Program is created to attract professionals who can provide a service that is in demand in the NWT by establishing business outlets or professional practices. This category applies only to self employed professionals. Professionals that will be employed by a business or other organization should refer to the Skilled Worker Program.

The 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.

Begin your Canadian Visa Application Process Today

As Canadian immigration specialists, ICS is committed to ensuring that you obtain the best Canadian visa or immigration service for your requirements. You can set your application in motion today by submitting our Initial Consultation Form  to schedule your consultation with one of our immigration attorneys.

After we assess your qualifications, you will be informed if you qualify. If you would qualify to apply for Canada Immigration as the Northwest Territories Nominee Class, we open your file and proceed with the processing of your application for the permanent resident visa and/or work permit.

Please note that ICS will not share your personal information with any other third party, any information submitted to us will only be used to assess your visa eligibility.

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