Express Entry System for Skilled Workers

The Express Entry For Skilled Workers targets Express Entry applicants with a job offer from Northwest Territories employer.

The Express Entry For Skilled Workers stream is one of several immigration streams of the Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP), a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) operated by the province of Northwest Territories. The Express Entry For Skilled Workers targets the applicants in the express entry pool, those having a valid job offer from the Northwest Territories employer. The stream aligns with the Express Entry stream. If the candidate meets all the requirements of Express Entry For Skilled Workers stream, and one of the three Federal Economic Programs. They may be nominated for the province and get a Canadian Permanent Residency status. The provincial nomination applications processed within 10 weeks and Express Entry applications processed within 6 months, which provides an accelerated pathway to Canadian Permanent Residency.

The candidate must demonstrate the intent to live and work in Northwest Territories permanently. If the candidate residing in Canada, they must have a legal work status and holding a valid work permit. The candidate must demonstrate that they have applied to the position which is being advertised by the NWT employer’s local or national job advertisement. The candidate must also demonstrate the following two questions if responding to an NWT employer’s advertisement:

  1. How the applicant applied to the job position?
  2. How the applicant meets the educational and employment requirements of the position?

In order to be eligible for Express Entry for Skilled Workers Stream, both the skilled worker applicant and the employer must meet the specific criteria.

Eligibility Requirement

Express Entry Profile Yes
Connection to Province Work Experience (some exceptions)
Job Offer Yes
Language Proficiency CLB 6 for NOC 0 and A
CLB 5 for NOC B
Level of Education Education or specialization specific to the job offer
Work Experience Same occupation as job offer
1 year
Investment Requirement None


Express Entry

The NWT Express Entry for Skilled worker stream is aligned with the federal government’s Express Entry system. To be eligible for Express Entry candidate must be eligible for one of the three Federal Economic Programs – Federal Skilled Workers (FSW), Canadian Experience Class (CEC), Federal Skilled Trades (FST).

Job Offer

The candidate must demonstrate that they have a full-time valid job offer from an eligible Northwest Territories employer. The job position must be at NOC Skill Level 0, A, or B. The job offer must also demonstrate their ability to economically settle in the province.

Language Proficiency

Candidate must demonstrate the ability to communicate in one of Canada’s official languages of English or French with the minimum language requirements for the skill level of their job offer. For the job positions which are classified as National Occupation Classification skill level 0 and A, a candidate must demonstrate their language proficiency at Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 6 and for NOC B, candidate need to demonstrate CLB 5 across all categories listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Level of Education

To be eligible for the NWT Express Entry stream of Skilled Workers, the candidate must demonstrate the required certification or accreditation for the occupation on the basis of – job description, NOC’s employment requirement and the job advertisement (if available). Also, the candidate must have required education or specialized training, certification, licensing, or registration for the specific position for which the job offer is received, as required by the Government of Northwest Territories. The applicant those who completed their education outside of Canada must assess their educational credentials to compare them with the educational standards in Canada. This can be compared by obtaining an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) by the Government of Canada’s designated organizations.

Work Experience

The candidate must have one year of full-time experience in the relevant occupation of which the job offer has been received. If the employer is in a non-regulated occupation, the employer is responsible for ensuring that the applicant must have the required work experience and meets the occupational standards to carry out the duties of the occupation.

Employer Requirements

The employer must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for Northwest Territories Express Entry stream of Skilled Workers:

  • Business Requirement: The employer business must be a registered business and operational Northwest Territories business for at least one year. The employer must maintain good standing with the Northwest Territories’ Workers’ Safety and the Northwest Territories’ Employment Standards office and Compensation Commission. Further, the Department of Education, Culture and Employment will verify these standings.
  • Job Offer Requirement: The employer must offer a full-time, permanent and valid job offer to the skilled foreign worker. It must not be a conflict with any collective bargaining agreement.
  • Recruitment Requirement: The employer must need to submit a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). If the employer is nominating a candidate with an open work permit without submitting an LMIA, they must prove that they have advertised the open position both locally and nationally. Also, the must need to provide a summary of all applied applicants and the reasons for refusing them.

Application Procedure

To apply for this stream, the candidate must create an Express Entry profile after completing the minimum eligibility requirements of the express entry system. After receiving the valid job offer from the Northwest Territories employer, both the applicant and employer need to submit their documentation to support their eligibility claims. Applicants meeting all the requirements and criteria may receive a nomination from the province of Northwest Territories.

The acceptance of the provincial nomination by the applicant will increase the Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score by 600 points, which will be resulting in receiving an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for the permanent residence in the next Express Entry Draw. In the next step, the applicant will need to prepare and submit an official application for Canadian Permanent Residence within the designated time period by the IRCC. In general, the applications submitted for the permanent residence through the pathway of Express Entry processed within six months of a time period.