NWT Nominee Program Business Stream

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Northwest Territories Nominee Program Business Stream

Are you looking to get your permanent residency in Canada? Do you want to bring your families to a safe, friendly community with many opportunities? Do you want to start or purchase a business in Canada? If so, we encourage you to consider the Northwest Territories!

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. $300,000 CDN investment in Yellowknife
  2. $150,000 CDN outside of Yellowknife
  3. Level 4 against the Canadian Level Benchmark (CLB) in English

For employers: Nominee Program

The Northwest Territories Nominee Program is delivered in partnership between the Government of the Northwest Territories and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. The Nominee Program helps:

  • employers secure highly skilled individuals and newcomers to work and live in the Northwest Territories;
  • strengthen the economy by attracting qualified people to fill critical labor shortages in the Northwest Territories;
  • support territorial employers to fill labour shortages when there are no qualified Canadians available;
  • strengthen the Northwest Territories’ ability to enhance the economic benefits of immigration to the territory;
  • nominate eligible foreign nationals for permanent residency in Canada.


To participate in the Nominee Program to nominate a foreign national for permanent residency, employers need to be:

  • a registered business, industry association, or a local, municipal, First Nation or territorial government in the Northwest Territories.
  • registered and operational for a minimum of one (1) year.
  • in good standing with the Northwest Territories’ Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission and the Northwest Territories’ Employment Standards office.

For employees: Settling in

A beautiful land of opportunity, the Northwest Territories (NWT) in northern Canada is a great place to establish yourself and safely raise your family.

There are many reasons to consider immigrating here. To begin with, there are excellent employment prospects. The Northwest Territories boasts the highest median household income in Canada, and its capital, Yellowknife, boasts the highest rate of employment in the country. The Northwest Territories welcomed 111 permanent residents to the territory in 2014. The Northwest Territories is a place where newcomers can expect to receive a friendly welcome while continuing to embrace their own traditions and practices. As a result, there are many thriving cultural communities here.

The Northwest Territories offer first-rate healthcare services, a strong education system and an abundance of recreational opportunities and events to enjoy. When you come here, services are available to help make the transition easier. Whether you need to apply for health care or open a bank account, there will be support for you.

For entrepreneurs: Start a Business in the Northwest Territories

The Northwest Territories Nominee Program is delivered in partnership between the Government of the Northwest Territories and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. The business stream of the NWT Nominee Program is designed to attract business expertise to start and invest in a start-up business which will enhance the economy of the Northwest Territories.

The business-driven stream assists foreign nationals with the ability to establish or purchase, an existing business; selected primarily on the basis of its ability to create jobs for the foreign national and other Canadians.

Foreign nationals who wish to apply under the business stream need to follow the application process:

  1. Self-Assessment and Initial Investigations
  2. Further Investigations and Face-to-Face Interview(s)
  3. Initiating the Application Process and Pre-Screening
  4. Formal Application
  5. Application Review
  6. Approval and the Business Performance Agreement
  7. Developing the Business
  8. Nomination

To find out more details for each of these steps, please contact us.

If you are an employer, or an employee, or a businessman, you can apply for the streams of the Northwest Territories Nominee Program right NOW. Click the button below and let us know you are ready to change your life for the best!