Employer Driven Program
The Employer Driven Program allows employers to bring and retain in foreign nationals who posses the skills and experience needed by the employer and again meets the criteria for the program, when there are no Canadian or permanent resident available for the job. The program is jointly done between Government of the Northwest Territories and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
The three streams under the Employer Driven Streams are:
Under Critical Impact Worker Stream, applicants who have received an offer of employment in a semi-skilled or unskilled position from an NWT employer are eligible.
The stream is targeted at semi-skilled workers (NOC skill levels C & D) within the hospitality and service areas. Applicants must previously have worked in a similar position in the Northwest Territories for a minimum of six months.
Applicant under the Critical Impact Worker category must :
- be given a permanent full-time job offer from an an employer in Northwest Territories. That is in a hospitality or service sector occupation found in levels C or D under the National Occupational Classification Matrix;
- be having a temporary work permit and must have worked in the the same field for a period of 6 months in Northwest Territories ;
- prove with sufficient financial or settlement supports in the Northwest Territories;
- have previous work experience for the occupation;
- be capable of communicating in the official language ot the work place; and
- Not be a refugee claimant.
Requirement for the employer :
- must be in operation and be registered for at least six months;
- must prove of trying recruiting a Canadian citizen or permanent resident for the job vacancy;
- must prove that the compensation for the job is equivalent to local standards;
- must Be in good standing with the Employment Standards Office; and
- A Labour Market Opinion must be obtained from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) for the position being offered.
The Skilled Worker stream is aimed at qualified individuals seeking to support the shortages of skilled workers in the Northwest Territories. Furthermore, the stream targets skilled occupations having the needed formal education and/or specialised training.
The occupations should fall under the National Occupational Classification, Skill Levels 0, A, and B. The Northwest Territories Nominee Program accepts applications under this category from applicants who have received an offer of employment in a skilled position from a Northwest Territories employer.
To be eligible for the Skilled Worker category, an applicant must:
- Have a permanent full-time job offer from a qualifying Northwest Territories employer in an occupation that falls in levels A, B, or 0 in the National Occupational Classification Matrix;
- Have the required certification or accreditation for the specific trade or occupation;
- Have a license or be accepted by the Territorial body governing the occupation or trade, if applicable;
- be able to communicate in the official language at the work place; and
- Not be a refugee claimant.
The employer must:
- Have been in operation and be regsitered for at least a year;
- prove of trying to recruit a Canadian citizen or permanent resident for the job vacancy;
- prove that the compensation for the job is equivalent to local standards; and
- Obtain a Labour Market Opinion from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) for the position being offered.
The Northwest Territories’ Express Entry stream is targeted at foreign nationals accepted into the Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Express Entry Pool. Upon acceptance into the Express Entry Pool, Citizenship and Immigration Canada will issue the candidate a permanent residence status
This stream helps the province to address the issue with regards to shortage in labour market by recruiting foreign nationals into the Northwest Territory province. Furthermore to enter into the the Express Entry pool, one must fall under one of the federal economic immigration programs order to enter:
- Federal Skilled Worker
- Federal Skilled Trades
- Canadian Experience Class
Minimum Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible under the under the Northwest Territories’ Express Entry Stream, candidates must:
- 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 the Skilled Worker Stream under the NTNP Employer Driven Program;
- Provide the Express Entry Profile Number and Job Seeker Validation Code issued by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Express Entry Pool; and
- Have expressed interest in immigrating to the Northwest Territories.
Business Driven Program
This program targets foreign nationals who have the capacity to setup, buy, or invest in an existing business. Candidates who exhibit the potential of creating jobs for foreign national and Canadian citizens living in the region are selected.
For the commencement of the application there should be a working business idea and willingness to move to the Northwest Territories (NWT). Interested applicants put in completed applications and business plans.
The applications is reviewed and handed to the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment. On acceptance of application, the business plan is put into action, a nomination certificate will be further issued and then applicant may apply for permanent resident to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).
The streams under the NTNP’s Business Driven Program are:
The NTNP accepts applications under this stream from entrepreneurs and/or owner of businesses who wish to establish a business in the Northwest Territories. Businesses in all economic sectors are welcome to apply; however, businesses that will introduce a new product or a product of significant benefit to the Northwest Territories are given priority.
NOTE: The Self Employed Stream of the NTNP’s Business Driven Program is permanently closed. The NTNP accepts applications under this stream from self-employed professionals seeking to setup and operate business outlets or professional practices that will render services in hign demand in the Northwest Territories.