Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP Guide)

Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP Guide)

The Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP), categorized under Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP), encompasses a range of immigration pathways designed to facilitate the acquisition of Canadian permanent residency for foreign nationals.

Addressing skilled, semi-skilled, and low-skilled workers, the Northwest Territories PNP focuses on employer-driven immigration streams. Conversely, its business-oriented counterpart targets entrepreneurs and business proprietors across various sectors, encouraging the establishment of new businesses in this secluded northern region.

The program administers multiple immigration streams distributed among three distinct categories:

  • Northwest Territories Express Entry
  • Northwest Territories Employer Driven
  • Northwest Territories Business Driven

1. Express Entry

The NTNP Express Entry Stream for Skilled Workers under Northwest Territories PNP aims to nominate candidates within the Express Entry system who satisfy the eligibility requirements for the Northwest Territories’ Skilled Worker stream. Individuals from abroad who have gained acceptance into the federal Express Entry pool may have the opportunity to submit an application through this specific Express Entry Stream for Skilled Workers.

Program Requirements

Requirement
Express Entry ProfileYes
Connection to ProvinceWork Experience (some exceptions)
Job OfferYes
Language ProficiencyCLB 6 for NOC 0 and A
CLB 5 for NOC B
Level of EducationEducation or specialization specific to the job offer
Work ExperienceSame occupation as job offer
1 year
Investment RequirementNone

Applicant Requirements

1. Federal Skilled Worker:

  • Minimum requirements: High school diploma and one year of full-time, skilled work experience.
  • Skilled work defined at NOC Skill Level 0, A, or B.
  • Language proficiency: English or French at CLB level 7.

2. Canadian Experience Class

  • No minimum education requirement.
  • Minimum one year of full-time Canadian skilled work experience in the last three years.
  • Skilled work defined at NOC Skill Level 0, A, or B.
  • Language proficiency: CLB level 7 for Skill Level 0 or A, CLB 5 for Skill Level B.

3. Federal Skilled Trades

  • No minimum education requirement.
  • At least 2 years of full-time work experience in a skilled trade.
  • Requires either a job offer in a skilled trade in Canada or a certificate of qualification.
  • Language proficiency: English or French at CLB Level 5 (speaking and listening) and CLB 4 (reading and writing).

2. Employer Driven

The Northwest Territories PNP Employer Driven streams give chances to people from other countries who have experience in jobs classified as National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level 0, A, B, C, or D and have a full-time, permanent job offer from a qualified employer.

2.1 Skilled Worker

The Northwest Territories Employer Driven streams offer opportunities for individuals from different countries who have work experience in occupations categorized under National Occupational Classification (NOC) Skill Level 0, A, B, C, or D, and possess a full-time, permanent job offer from a qualified employer.

Program Requirements

Requirement
Express Entry ProfileNo
Connection to ProvinceWork Experience (some exceptions)
Job OfferYes
Language ProficiencyCLB Level 6 for NOC TEER 0, 1 and 2
CLB Level 5 for NOC TEER 3
Level of EducationEducation or certification specific to job offer
Work ExperienceNOC TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3
1 year
Investment RequirementNone

Applicant Requirements

  • Connection to Northwest Territories
    • Most applicants are usually temporary foreign workers already in the Northwest Territories.
    • Applicants working there must show they are legally allowed to work in Canada.
    • In special cases, the Northwest Territories might consider applications from candidates living abroad.
  • Job Offer:
    • Candidates need a full-time, permanent job offer from a Northwest Territories employer.
    • The job offered should fall under National Occupational Classification (NOC) TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3.
  • Language Proficiency:
    • Candidates must provide language test results to prove they are proficient in English or French for the skill level of their job offer.
    • For Skill Level 0 and A positions, proficiency at Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 6 in all four language abilities is required.
    • For Skill Level B positions, proficiency at CLB level 5 in all four language abilities is needed.
  • Level of Education:
    • All candidates must have enough education or training to perform the job offered for Northwest Territories PNP.
  • Work Experience:
    • Candidates must have at least one year of full-time experience in the same occupation as the job offer they received.

2.2 Critical Impact Worker

The Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) or Northwest Territories Critical Impact Worker stream is focused on individuals from abroad who have experience in semi-skilled and unskilled occupations in northern Canada.

Program Requirements

Requirement
Express Entry ProfileNo
Connection to ProvinceWork Experience
Job OfferYes
Language ProficiencyCLB 4
Level of EducationEducation or certification specific to job offer
Work ExperienceEmployed in Northwest Territories
NOC C or D
6 months
Investment RequirementNone

Applicant Requirements

  • Connection to Northwest Territories:
    • Eligibility requires candidates to currently work in an occupation classified as NOC Skill Level C or D in the Northwest Territories for at least one year.
  • Job Offer:
    • Candidates need a full-time, permanent job offer from their current employer in the Northwest Territories in their current position.
  • Language Proficiency:
    • Candidates must show language proficiency in English or French at CLB level 4, supported by official test results from the past two years.
  • Level of Education:
    • While no minimum education level is required, candidates must have the necessary credentials for the job they’re offered.
  • Work Experience:
    • Candidates need at least six months of experience working in the Northwest Territories in the same NOC C or D position for the employer offering the job.
  • Settlement Funds:
    • Candidates must prove they have enough settlement funds for themselves and their family, with a minimum of $10,000 CAD for the principal applicant and an extra $2,000 for each dependent. This can be shown through certified bank statements or official, notarized letters from their bank.

3. Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs and individuals with business expertise aiming to live and set up, buy, or invest in a Northwest Territories business might qualify for this business-oriented stream within the Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) or Northwest Territories. They need to submit a business plan outlining a sustainable venture that has the potential to generate job opportunities for Canadians in this northern region.

Program Requirements

Requirement
Express Entry ProfileNo
Connection to ProvinceNo
Job OfferNo
Language ProficiencyCLB 4
Level of EducationLevel of education and/or certification needed to fulfill the business plan
Work ExperienceLevel of experience needed to fulfill the business plan
Investment RequirementInvestment: $150,000 CAD
Personal Net Worth: $250,000 CAD

Applicant Requirements

  • Language Proficiency:
    • To qualify for the Northwest Territories Entrepreneur stream, candidates must show language proficiency in English or French at CLB level 4. Test results from an official language test taken within the last six months must support this.
  • Level of Education:
    • There’s no set minimum education requirement for this stream, but candidates must have the education needed to carry out their proposed business plan.
  • Work Experience:
    • While there’s no specific work experience minimum, candidates should have the necessary work experience to effectively implement their proposed business plan.

Investment Required

  • Net Worth and Ownership:
    • Applicants must show a substantial net worth and have funds for their chosen business.
    • Foreign entrepreneurs need at least one-third ownership in the Northwest Territories business they are starting or buying.
    • They can be eligible with less ownership if their personal net worth is over $1,000,000 CAD.
  • Requirements Based on Location:
    • For businesses in Yellowknife, a minimum net worth of $500,000 CAD and a $300,000 CAD investment are required.
    • Businesses outside Yellowknife require a minimum net worth of $250,000 CAD with a $150,000 CAD investment.
  • Business Performance Agreement:
    • Candidates must sign a business performance agreement.
    • A good faith deposit of $75,000 CAD is required, refundable if conditions of the performance agreement are met.
  • Performance Agreement Conditions:
    • Conditions include meeting business performance terms outlined in the agreement.
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