Frequently asked questions about the Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP).

The NTNP is the Northwest Territories’ Provincial Nominee Program. Through this 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 with processing times that are faster than other Canadian immigration classes.

This program allows Northwest Territories (NWT) employers to hire foreign skilled workers with the necessary skills and experience to fill positions in the territory for which there are no qualified Canadians or Permanent Residents available. This program is further divided into three streams:

  • Critical Impact Worker Stream,
  • Skilled Worker Stream, and 
  • Northwest Territories' Express Entry Stream

To learn more about the NTNP Employer Driven Program and its three streams, click here.

To be considered eligible under the Employer Driven Program, foreign nationals must:

  • Have legal status to work and hold a valid work permit, if currently residing in Canada;
  • Intend to settle permanently in the Northwest Territories;
  • Have the required certification or accreditation for the occupation based on the employer’s requirements;
  • Meet NWT certification, licensing, or registration requirements of the job, if applicable; 
  • Submit the following documentation in original, or certified true copies (must be a clear, readable copy), translated into English or French:
    • Passport;
    • Birth certificate;
    • Marriage certificate; and
    • Birth certificate(s) and passport(s) for dependent(s).
  • Demonstrate sufficient settlement funds to establish themselves and any dependents in the Northwest Territories; and
    • Applicants must submit certified bank statements in their name or an official letter issued by a bank, translated into English or French and notarized, as proof of settlement funds.
  • Provide results from one of the following three approved language tests taken within two years of submitting an application:
    • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) General Training;
    • The Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP-General); or
    • The Test d’Évaluation de Français (to test proficiency in French).

Additional specific eligibility criteria apply for the three streams.

This program of the NTNP targets individuals with business expertise and considerable investment capital looking to settle in the Northwest Territories and capable of enhancing their economic environment. Successful candidates under this program are those with the ability to establish, purchase, or invest in an existing business in the territory. Applicants are selected primarily on the basis of their ability to create jobs for Canadians and other foreign nationals living in the region.

This program is further divided into two streams:

  • Entrepreneur Stream, and
  • Self Employed Stream.

To learn more about the NTNP Business Driven Program, click here.

To qualify as an entrepreneur under the Business Driven Program, applicants must:

  • Invest:
    • A minimum of $300,000 CAD into starting or buying a business within the corporate boundaries of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories; or
    • A minimum of $150,000 CAD into starting or buying a business outside of the corporate boundaries of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
  • Have a personal net worth of:
    • At least $500,000 CAD if starting or buying a business within the corporate boundaries of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories; or
    • At least $250,000 CAD if starting or buying a business outside the corporate boundaries of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
  • Demonstrate that they own at least one-third (33.3 percent) of the business;
    • If the applicant makes a personal equity investment of $1,000,000 CAD or more, he or she may own less than one-third (33.3 percent).
  • Provide a good faith deposit of $75,000 CAD to be held in a trust and released upon satisfactory execution of the terms of the Business Performance Agreement;
  • Demonstrate reasonable knowledge and understanding of the Northwest Territories and its economy;
  • Demonstrate sufficient communication skills to conduct business in the Northwest Territories and to integrate into the local community; and
  • Have the necessary experience and education to successfully implement the business plan.

To qualify under the Self Employed Stream of the Business Driven Program, applicants must:

  • Be a member of a profession in respect to which there is an identified professional skill shortage in the Northwest Territories;
  • Satisfy any certification or accreditation requirements for the profession or occupation;
  • Be capable of meeting all Northwest Territories regulatory authority requirements if in a regulated professions;
    • If no regulatory authority exists within the Northwest Territories, then the Canadian licensing body will be consulted.
  • Demonstrate sufficient communication skills to conduct business in the Northwest Territories and to integrate into the local community;
  • Demonstrate reasonable knowledge and understanding of the Northwest Territories and its economy;
  • Demonstrate access to sufficient financial resources to start and operate a 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.

As part of any PNP application, applicants are required to submit a Settlement Plan indicating why they wish to live in the province and how they intend to settle. Applicants are also required to sign an ‘intention to reside’ document with their application. That being said, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms ensures that all Canadian citizens and permanent residents are allowed to work and reside in any location across Canada. Once an individual obtains Canadian permanent residence, he or she has the right to work and reside in any Canadian province or territory.

 

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