How to Immigrate to the Northwest Territories in 2021

Dreaming of an escape from busy and crowded city life? Looking for a more simplified, slow-paced, and stress-free life? You're not alone. Between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020, 161 new immigrants immigrated to the Northwest Territories of Canada. The remote region surrounded by the spectacular Boreal forest promises a tranquil life with full-time job opportunities that pay surprisingly high salaries.

Of course, not everyone is cut out for -36ċ winters and limited amenities. But the Northwest Territories has a certain charm that appeals to families who want to spend more quality time together in the Great Outdoors and those who enjoy living in close-knit communities. Find out how you can immigrate to the Northwest Territories in 2021 below!

Move Far North: The Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NWT NP)

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Permanent residency in Canada is within reach through the Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NWT NP). The NWT NP was created by the local government to nominate foreign workers, who wish to live and work in the territories, for permanent residency. There are two main categories under which you can apply to immigrate to the Northwest Territories in 2021 - they are the Employer-Driven Stream and the Business Stream. Find out more details below!

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Employer Driven Stream

With a population of 44,826, it comes as no surprise that employers often struggle to find the local skills and labour their businesses need. The Employer-Driven Stream is for employers who want to hire and nominate foreign nationals. This means that you first need to secure a job offer from an NWT employer before you can submit an expression of interest through this immigration stream.

How to Qualify for the Employer-Driven Stream

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Depending on your occupation and skill level, you must meet the requirements for one of three sub-categories under the Employer-Driven Stream:

Sub-Categories

  • Skilled worker;
  • Semi-Skilled Occupations; and
  • NWT Express Entry

Skilled Worker

The Skilled Worker category helps employers attract qualified individuals if there are shortages of workers for jobs in the NWT that require formal education, specialized training, or both.

Minimum Requirements
Requirement Details
1. Job offer In NOC A, 0 or B
2. Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Your job offer must be supported by a positive LMIA
3. Post-Secondary Education You must have your international educational credentials assessed
4. Meet the Minimum Language Requirements Skilled workers in NOC types 0, and A, must achieve a minimum language standard of the Canadian Language Benchmark Level (CLB) 7 in either English or French. Skilled workers under NOC skill level B must achieve a minimum language standard of the Canadian Language Benchmark Level (CLB) 5 in either English or French
5. Work Experience You must have 1 year of full-time work experience in a relevant occupation
6. Settlement Funds You must have sufficient settlement income

Semi-Skilled Worker

The Semi-Skilled Occupations sub-category helps employers fill shortages for entry-level jobs. However, to be eligible for this subcategory you must already be working for the employer in the NWT for at least six months on a valid work permit.


Minimum Requirements
Requirement Details
1. Job offer In NOC C and D
2. Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) Your job offer must be supported by a positive LMIA
3. Secondary Education You must have your international educational credentials assessed
4. Work Permit You must have a valid work permit
5. Meet the Minimum Language Requirements Semi-skilled must achieve a minimum language standard of the Canadian Language Benchmark Level (CLB) 4 in either English or French.
6. Work Experience You must have 6 months of full-time work experience in the same position
7. Settlement Funds You must have sufficient settlement income


Express Entry NWT

The NWT Express Entry category is for Skilled Workers who have a profile in the Express Entry System. The requirements are mostly similar to that of the Skilled Worker sub-category with an additional benefit of expedited application times.

Where to Find Jobs in the Northwest Territories?

To find a potential employer you can consult the following websites which list employment opportunities in the NWT:

Jobs in the Northwest Territories

  • Edge North Job Board;
  • Canada Job Bank (search Northwest Territories);
  • GNWT Careers;
  • Northern News Services Job Listings; and
  • Indeed Jobs - Northwest Territories

Business Stream

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You can immigrate to the Northwest Territories as a business owner. The Business Stream is for people who want to start a business in the NWT, purchase an existing business, or invest in and operate an existing business in the region. It’s important that you have a reasonable knowledge of the region and its economy before pursuing this avenue.

Do you qualify? Discover the investment and personal net worth requirements below:

Investment

  • You must invest a minimum of $300,000 CDN equity* into starting or buying a business within the corporate boundaries of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories; or;
  • A minimum of $150,000 CDN equity* into starting or buying a business outside of the corporate boundaries of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

Personal Net Worth

  • You must have a personal net worth of at least $500,000 CDN if starting or buying a business within the corporate boundaries of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories; or
  • You must have a personal net worth at least $250,000 CDN if starting or buying a business outside the corporate boundaries of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

5 Reasons to Move to the Northwest Territories in 2021

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So, why would anyone want to live in the Northwest Territories instead of living in say Ontario or any other southern province of Canada? Well, for starters, immigration to the NWT is much less competitive and the largely uninhabited region comes with a few unexpected surprises:

1. NWT students get college funds

The public school system in NWT is free. If that’s not good enough you’ll be surprised to know that children attending primary and secondary school in Yellowknife, NWT can qualify for Remissible Loans for post-secondary education from the government. The Remissible Loan may be forgiven if you return to the NWT once you complete your full-time studies. This way, the NWT keeps a highly-educated workforce.

What’s more, parents who choose to homeschool their children are given annual funding of approximately $4,000 per child to be used for educational purposes.

2. Full-time job opportunities

Cassandra from the Youtube channel, ‘Life in Yellowknife’ explains how she moved from Ontario to NWT with her family when her husband was unable to find full-time employment in Ontario. The majority of job opportunities in the NWT can be found in the major city of Yellowknife. According to a report, the Northwest Territories’ labour market is projected to have 17,650 job openings between 2018 and 2027.

The following occupations are in-demand in the Northwest Territories:

in-demand occupations in the northwest territories Canada

3. Earn a higher salary

According to Statistics Canada, the Northwest Territories has the highest total medium income of $117, 100 per year. However, the cost of living is also much higher than in the rest of Canada because most foods and products are locally imported by air. The higher than average salaries and higher cost of living are evenly balanced. You even get to save, says Cassandra. And the NWT has no provincial sales tax.

4. Unique outdoor activities

People travel from afar to glimpse the Northern Lights and partake in unique outdoor activities like dog sledding and flying in floatplanes. But if you live in the NWT, adventurous activities like camping, hiking and canoeing become a big part of your daily life. When you remove distractions like buzzing malls and social media, you realize that it’s the simple things in life that really matters.

5. Slow-paced life

Life in the Northwest Territories is like nowhere else in the country. One thing that you won’t encounter if you immigrate to the Northwest Territories is traffic and the commute to work will be a short one. Friendships are easily made and the NWT is an excellent place to raise a family within a close-knit community.

Start Your Journey to the Northwest Territories

If the Northwest Territories sound like your ideal environment and the perfect place to call home then start your journey today with certified immigration consultants who can assess your eligibility and provide you with a tailored immigration plan. Canadian immigration is a complex process with many steps involved but we specialize in making it easier, quicker, and most importantly - possible. Simply, click on the link below to get started.