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’s capital has been Yellowknife since 1967. The territory has an area of 1,140,835 square kilometres and an estimated population of 43,537 in 2013. This an increase of 5.0% from 2011, thanks in part to the Northwest Territories Provincial Nominee Program (Northwest Territories PNP) .

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.

Though the Northwest Territories has one of the smallest populations in Canada, it still has so much to offer you. Many do not know this, but in Summer the territory truly shines. During this time of the year you can expect long, warm, sunny days of almost 24 hours of daylight. It is the perfect time to enjoy the popular local activities like boating, hiking, fishing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing and sailing. In winter you will find cold snowy days extra special with great activities like skiing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, ice fishing and so much more.

The Northwest Territories host some of greatest Canadian festivals and events. During the early days of January the town of Inuvik is lit up with spectacular firework displays celebrating the new year. While in summer, the Folk on the Rocks music festival will keep you dancing with over 4000 people in attendance.

Make sure you choose the right immigration stream to enjoy becoming a permanent resident in the vast and majestic Northwest Territories!

Northwest Territories PNP

The Northwest Territory PNP Operates Through 5 Streams:

Express Entry for Skilled Workers
Skilled Workers
Critical Impact Workers
Business Stream
Self-Employed Business (Permanently Closed)

Express Entry Stream

The Northwest Territories’ Express Entry stream is for foreign nationals who have been accepted into 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 Class
Meet the 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 Workers 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 support for living 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 Employee 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

Business Stream

The Business Stream targets individuals who would like to start their own business or operate and invest in an already established business in the Northwest Territories. The program is specifically designed in order to improve the territory’s economy by attracting and retaining international business experts. If that describes you, then you can apply to this program for immigration.

Self-Employed Business Program

The Northwest Territories Self-Employed Business program is permanently closed. The program targeted professional persons who could provide a service that is in-demand in the territory by creating a business outlet or professional practice. If you are still interested in starting your own business, please consider the Northwest Territories Business Stream.