Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP)
The Northwest Territories lie between Yukon and Nunavut and is one single territory with a population of around 40,000 residents.
The economy is mainly geographical resources.
To obtain your permanent residency through the Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) there are different streams that an applicant can go through.
The Northwest Territories Employer Driven Program offers the following categories:
Express Entry Stream for Skilled Workers
The Express Entry Program works within Northwest Territories as long as the skilled worker meets the usual Express Entry criteria and the following requirements are also met:
- Must have an Express Entry profile within the Express Entry pool under a Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades or Canadian Experience Class.
- Must be committed to residing in the Northwest Territories.
- Have the necessary certificates relating to the position the applicant is applying based on the job description and any job advertisements.
- Have formal training/education or certification for the position in question.
- Language proficiency of either French and/or English.
- Have a full time offer of employment for the Northwest Territories.
There are also requirements for the employer too:
- Have been registered and trading for a minimum of twelve months in the Northwest Territories.
- Be able to offer a full time permanent role to a foreign national. (Minimum of 37.5 hours per week).
- The employer must draw up a detailed job description including position, language required, main duties, educational experience, work experience of the position and any certificates applicable.
- Submit a positive LMIA (Labour Market Impact Assessment) or a job advertisement to prove that the employer has attempted to employ a local or national person.
The Skilled Worker Stream is for applicants who have worked for at least six months in a role on a temporary work permit and the employer now wants them to retain their current role. Again the applicant has to meet a proficiency in either French and/or English and have the relevant education requirements and any specialized experience which to be fair they would have had as they are technically in the role anyway.
The Critical Worker Stream is for applicants who can address labour shortages due to the position not being able to be filled by a Canadian local. It is mainly for semi skilled workers or unskilled occupations and the applicant must have worked in the position for a minimum of six months on a temporary work permit.
Again the business has to adhere to certain requirements such as being registered and trading within the Northwest Territories and having proof that they have attempted to employ locally prior to offering a foreign national an offer of employment.
Business Immigration Program
In addition the Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) offers a Business Immigration Program. The program is designed to encourage foreign nationals to start, acquire or invest in an existing business within the Northwest Territories. It has to be a business that will add to the economic development of the are and be able to employ local people.
The following criteria also needs to be met:
- A business plan needs to be written and submitted to the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment.
- The applicant needs to be able to invest a minimum of CAD$300,000 into starting or acquiring a business within the business boundaries of Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories.
- Or, the applicant needs to be able to invest CAD$150,000 outside of the business boundaries of Yellowknife and Northwest Territories.
- Have a personal net worth of at least CAD$500,00 if they are intending to be in the business boundaries of Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories.
- Or a personal net worth of CAD$250,00 if they are intending to be outside of the business boundaries of Yellowknife and Northwest Territories.
- Demonstrate they own at least 33% of the business unless they invest at least CAD$1,000,000. Provide a good faith deposit of CAD$75,000 which will be held in a trust until such time as the Business Performance Agreement is reached.
- Demonstrate a reasonable knowledge of the Northwest Territories and its economy.
- Have a proficiency in English and/or French.
- Have the required education and experience to run a business in line with the submitted business plan.
- Be financial independent to start and run a business whilst supporting themselves and any dependents.
- Have sufficient communication skills to manage a business within the Northwest Territories and to fit in within the local community.
- Not have any other application registered with NTNP.