The Northwest Territories is a territory of Canada. Located in northern Canada, it is east of Yukon, west and south of Nunavut (Canada's two other territories) and north of British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. It has an area of 1,140,835 square kilometres and an estimated population of 43,537 in 2013, an increase of 5.0% from 2011. Its capital has been Yellowknife since 1967.

The Northwest Territories (NWT) in northern Canada is a great place to establish yourself and safely raise your family.

There are many reasons to consider immigrating here. To begin with, there are excellent employment prospects. The Northwest Territories boasts the highest median household income in Canada, and its capital, Yellowknife, has the highest rate of employment in the country. The Northwest Territories welcomed 111 permanent new residents in 2014. It is a place where newcomers can expect to receive a friendly welcome while continuing to embrace their own traditions and practices. As a result there are many thriving cultural communities here.

The vast natural resources and relatively low population give the Northwest Territories the highest per capita GDP of all provinces or territories in Canada. The territory enjoys vast geological resources including diamonds, gold, and natural gas, for this reason it is particularly attractive for Canadian Immigration.

North West Territories Provincial Nominee Programs

The North West Territory Provincial Nominee Program Operates Through 5 Streams:

Express Entry
Skilled Worker
Critical Impact Worker
Entrepreneur Business
Self-Employed Business

Express Entry Stream

The Northwest Territories’ Express Entry stream is for foreign nationals who have been accepted into the Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Express Entry Pool. Only candidates who have been accepted into the Express Entry Pool and have been issued an Express Entry Profile Number and a Job Seeker Validation Code are eligible for this stream.

Candidates for the Northwest Territories’ Express Entry Stream Must:

Meet all the requirements for the Skilled Worker Stream under the Northwest Territories’ Nominee Program
Be eligible for one of the three federal economic immigration programs: Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades, or Canadian Experience Clas
Criteria for Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Express Entry Pool
Have expressed interest in immigrating to the Northwest Territories
Provide the Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Validation Code issued by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Express Entry Pool

Once the above eligibility criteria have been met, an Employer can submit an application to the Northwest Territories’ Express Entry System.

Skilled Worker Program

To qualify under this program, the following criteria must be met:

The Employer Must:

Have a job vacancy
Identify a potential nominee
Be a registered business, industry association or a local, municipal, First Nation or Territorial government in the NWT that has been registered and operational for a minimum of 1 year
Be in good standing with the Worker’s Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) and the NWT Employment Standards Office
Provide proof of local and national recruitment efforts and submit a summary of results
Obtain a positive HRSDC Service Canada Labour Market Opinion.

The Job Must:

Be for a permanent full time position (minimum 30 hours per week)
Be in an occupation that falls into a high skill level category
Not be in conflict with existing collective bargaining agreements
Comply with the NWT Employment Standards Act
Provide a comparable industry rate of pay

The Employee Must:

Have the required certification or accreditation for the specific trade or occupation
If applicable, meet the territorial certification, licensing or registration requirements of the job
Have the required work experience for the specific occupation
Provide proof of sufficient financial or settlement supports in the NWT
Be able to communicate in either English or French
Not be a refugee claimant

Critical Impact Worker Program

To qualify under this program, the following criteria must be met:

The Employer Must:

Have a job vacancy
Identify a potential nominee
Be a registered business, industry association or a local, municipal, First Nation or Territorial government in the NWT that has been registered and operational for a minimum of six months
Be in good standing with the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission
Provide proof of local and national recruitment efforts and submit a summary of results
Obtain a positive HRSDC Service Canada Labour Market Opinion

The Job Must:

Be for a permanent full time position (minimum 30 hours per week)
Be in an occupation that falls into NOC skill levels C or D
Be in good standing with the Worker’s Safety and Compensation Commission (WSCC) and the NWT Employment Standards Office.
Provide a comparable industry rate of pay

The Emloyee Must:

Have a temporary work permit and have worked in the same position for six months
Provide proof of sufficient financial 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
Not be a refugee claimant

Self-Employed Business Program

For a Person to Qualify Under This Program, They Must:

Have a profession that is identified as a professional skill shortage
Satisfy any certification or accreditation requirements for the particular profession or occupation
Meet all NWT regulatory authority requirements for regulated occupations. If no regulatory authority exists within the NWT, then the Canadian licensing body will be consulted
Demonstrate reasonable communication skills appropriate to the NWT
Demonstrate reasonable knowledge and understanding of the NWT and its economy
Demonstrate access to 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

Entrepreneur Business Program

In order to qualify under this program, the applicant must:

Invest:

A minimum of $300,000 equity into starting or buying a business within the corporate boundaries of Yellowknife, NWT, or

A minimum of $150,000 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 if starting or buying a business within the corporate boundaries of Yellowknife, NWT, or

At least $250,000 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 the NWT and its economy
Be able to demonstrate reasonable communication skills appropriate to the NWT
Have the necessary experience and education to successfully implement the business plan