Move to the Northwest Territories under the Nominee Program

The Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) exists to help skilled workers wanting to settle in the Northwest Territories see their permanent residency visa approved faster by being nominated by the territory.

The NTNP helps strengthen the economy of the Northwest Territories (NWT) by attracting qualified individuals to fill critical labour shortages and promote business development. The NTNP can assist employers in recruiting and retaining foreign workers and can help foreign workers and their families make NWT their permanent home.

You must apply for nomination from the NWT before applying for permament residence through Citinzenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Going through the NTNP is generally a faster way of obtaining residency, and can take anywhere from six to 18 months.

The NTNP operates four distinct application categories:

1. Skilled Worker
2. Critical Impact Worker
3. Entrepreneur Business
4. Self-Employed Business Program

Skilled Workers and Critical Impact Workers

For more information or to apply as a Skilled Worker, please refer to the NTNP Skilled Worker Application Form B.

For more information or to apply as a Critical Impact Worker, please refer to the NTNP Critical Impact Worker Application Form D.

Entrepreneur Business

All economic sectors are eligible for this program category; however, business applicants who can demonstrate involvement in a product that is new to the NWT or a product/service that would generate significant benefits to the region will be given priority status.

Applicants are required to submit a business plan that clearly details the incremental benefits to the NWT. Applicants also must:

  • Invest a minimum of CA$300,000 into starting or buying a business within the corporate boundaries of Yellowknife, NWT, or a minimum of CA$150,000 into starting or buying a business outside the corporate boundaries of Yellowknife, NWT
  • Have a personal net worth of at least CA$500,000 for businesses within the corporate boundaries of Yellowknife, or a personal net worth of CA$250,000 for businesses outside the corporate boundaries of Yellowknife
  • Have an additional CA$75,000 kept in a trust account (these funds will be released upon completion of a performance agreement
  • Demonstrate a reasonable knowledge and understanding of the NWT and its economy
  • Be able to demonstrate reasonable communication skills
  • Have the necessary experience and education to successfully implement the submitted business plan

Self-Employed Business Program

The self-employed category of the NTNP is designed to attract professionals who can provide a service that is in demand in the NWT by establishing business outlets or professional practices, and applies only to self employed professionals.

Applicants to the Self-Employed Business program 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
  • Have sufficient financial resources to start and operate the professional practice and to support themselves and any dependents for a period of six months
  • Submit a detailed business plan for the business or practice

All applicants will be required to participate in an interview as part of the assessment process. The purpose of the interview is to discuss the applicant’s business plan, to assess the applicant’s knowledge of the NWT, and to assess the applicant’s communication skills.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with Department officials during any visit to the NWT, as these meetings may be recognised as satisfying the requirements for an interview.

 
 

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