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. The territory enjoys vast geological resources including diamonds, gold and natural gas, for this reason it is particularly attractive for Canadian Immigration. 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. There are many reasons one should consider to immigrate here. Northwest Territories Business Stream is a migrating way for people who would like to do business in there. Express Entry stream, Skilled Workers, Provincial Nominee Program are some ways to immigrate to Northwest Territories.

The Northwest Territory Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)  Operates Through 5 Categories:

  • Express Entry for Skilled Workers
  • Skilled Workers
  • Critical Impact Workers
  • Business Stream

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


Note – when the above eligibility criteria have been met, then only the Employer can submit an application to the Northwest Territories’ Express Entry System.

Skilled Workers Program

This Category is for those candidates, who already have an offer letter in hand in skilled occupation from the employer of Northwest Territories. To qualify under this program, the following criteria must be met:

Minimum Eligibility required:

  • 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
  • Be for a permanent full-time position (minimum 30 hours per week)
  • Be in an occupation that falls into a high skill level category

Critical Impact Worker Program –

Critical Impact Worker Program is designed for the applicant who already have got the job offer letter in a semi- skilled or unskilled position from an employer of Northwest Territories.

  • Candidate must have a temporary work permit and have worked in the same position for six months
  • Provide proof of sufficient financial or settlement to support.
  • Have the required work experience for the specific occupation
  • Good communications in either English or French
  • Not be a refugee claimant

Northwest Business Stream –

The Northwest Territories 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.

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