NTNP Skilled Worker

The NTNP Skilled Worker stream targets NOC Skill Level 0, A and B workers who express the intent to live and work in Northwest Territories permanently.

The NTNP Skilled Worker 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 NTNP Skilled Worker stream targets qualified foreign nationals of NOC Skill Level 0, A, or B who can successfully assist with skilled labour shortages and intent to live in the Northwest Territories permanently. To be eligible for this stream, a candidate must have a full-time, valid offer of employment in the National Occupational Classification Skill Levels 0, A, or B from a Northwest Territories employer.

The candidate must need to demonstrate the intent to live and work in Northern 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?

The candidate who meets all the requirements of NTNP Skilled Worker Stream may be nominated for the Northwest Territories. To be eligible for this stream, both the employer and applicant must meet the specific criteria.

Eligibility Requirement

Express Entry Profile No
Connection to Province Work Experience (some exceptions)
Job Offer Yes
Language Proficiency CLB Level 6 for NOC 0 and A
CLB Level 5 for NOC B
Level of Education Education or certification specific to the job offer
Work Experience NOC 0, A, or B
1 year
Investment Requirement None

Connection To Province

The majority of applications are accepted in this stream from the foreign workers working in the province of Northwest Territories. The foreign workers working in the province must demonstrate their legal status to work in Canada. The Northwest Territories might accept applications of foreign workers in exceptional circumstances.

Job Offer

To be eligible for NTNP Skilled Worker stream, the candidate must have a full-time, valid, and permanent job offer from the Northwest Territories employer in an occupation classified under the NOC Skill Level 0, A, or B.

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, a candidate needs 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 work experience in the occupation in which they are being nominated. 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 Requirement

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.
  • Job Offer Requirement: The employer must offer a full-time, permanent and valid job offer to the foreign national 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

Before submitting an application for NTNP Skilled Worker Stream, The NWT employer or authorized representative will hold a responsibility to submit a complete paper-based application to NTNP. The employer must submit all the required original and certified copies in English or French language with the paper-based application. Once the application is received by the NTNP, it will be processed within 10 weeks. Once the application is accessed by the NTNP, they may nominate the applicant for the Canadian Permanent Resident.

If the applicant is nominated, both the employer and applicant will need to sign a Memorandum of Understanding which includes all the responsibilities of both the parties and the terms and conditions of their nomination. After receiving the nomination letter from the NTNP, the applicant have 6 months to submit an application for the Canadian Permanent Resident status to the IRCC. The applications for Canadian Permanent Resident status will generally be processed within 18 months.