The Northwest Territories (abbr. NT or NWT) is a federal territory of Canada. At a land area of approximately 1,144,000 km2 (442,000 sq mi) and a 2016 census population of 41,786, it is the second-largest and the most populous of the three territories in Northern Canada. Its estimated population as of 2020 is 44,904. Yellowknife became the territorial capital in 1967, following recommendations by the Carrothers Commission.
Through the Northwest Territories’ Provincial Nominee Program (NTNP) program, prospective immigrants with the skills and experience targeted by the province may receive a Northwest Territories Provincial Nomination Certificate, which will allow that foreign national to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence.
The NTNP accepts applications under two programs, one of which has three distinct streams:
- Northwest Territories Employer Driven Program:
- Express Entry System for Skilled Workers
- Skilled Worker
- Critical Impact Worker
- Northwest Territories Business Immigration Program:
Employer Driven Program
Northwest Territories — Express Entry Stream
The NTNP Express Entry Stream for Skilled Workers is designed to nominate Express Entry candidates who meet the eligibility criteria for the Northwest Territories’ Skilled Worker stream. Foreign nationals who have been accepted into the federal Express Entry pool may be able to apply to this Express Entry Stream for Skilled Workers.
Skilled Worker Stream
The NTNP Skilled Worker Stream enables the Government of Northwest Territories to nominate individuals who have received an offer of employment in a skilled position from a Northwest Territories employer. Applicants must have already worked in the position in the Northwest Territories for a minimum of six months.
Critical Impact Worker Stream
The NTNP Critical Impact Worker Streams enables the Government of Northwest Territories to nominate individuals who have received an offer of employment in a semi-skilled or unskilled position from an NWT employer. Applicants must have already worked in the position in the Northwest Territories for a minimum of six months.
Business Immigration Program
The NTNP Business Stream is geared towards foreign nationals who demonstrate the ability to start, acquire, or invest in an existing Northwest Territories business which provides or may provide economic benefit to the Territory and create jobs.
Learn more about the eligibility requirements of the Northwest Territories PNP.