Northwest Territories

The NWT or Northwest Territories is an area in the north and northwest Canada. In the 20th century, the NW Territories constituted more than 1/3rd of the area presently known as Canada.

Nunavut was created from the eastern region of the Northwest Territories in 1999. The region was renamed Northwest Territories after Nunavut came into existence, and the former was reduced in size by more than half.

The territories of Nunavut border the NWT in the east and Yukon in the west. In the south, the province is bordered by the provinces of Saskatchewan, Albert, and British Columbia.

The NWT reached far beyond the Arctic Circle in the north, consisting of various islands.

Yellowknife is the capital of the territory.

Other important cities in the Canadian territory of NWT are:

  • Hay River
  • Fort Providence
  • Fort McPherson
  • Norman Wells
  • Inuvik
  • Fort Smith
  • Fort Simpson
  • Behchoko
  • Tuktoyaktuk

Apart from the three territories that make Canada, along with the ten provinces, Yukon and the NW Territories participate in the PNP or Provincial Nominee Program. Nunavut does not have any program for immigration to induct new immigrants into the territory.

The Northwest Territories Nominee Program helps NWT nominate immigrants for the provincial nomination for Canada PR or permanent residency.

To immigrate to Northwest Territories, The candidate must fulfill the requirements given below:

  • Valid job offer from an employer based in the NWT

Be willing to start, invest, or purchase a business in the NWT

Northwest Territories streams available




Employer-Driven stream

For employers that intend hiring and nominating foreign nationals where there are no Canadian permanent residents or citizens of Canada available.

NWT Express Entry

A job offer from an employer in the NWT is mandatory in order to be eligible.

(linked with the federal Express Entry system)

Skilled Worker

Entry-level/Semi-Skilled Occupations

Business Stream

For individuals that intend to start a business, purchase an existing business, or invest in and operate an existing business based in the NWT.


The NWT Express Entry speeds up the application’s processing times for skilled workers who want to work and live in the NWT.

The candidates are awarded 600 points more in the pool of federal Express Entry. A nomination from any of the Express Entry-linked PNP streams increases your chances for Canada PR or permanent residency.

The submission for new applications for the NW Territories PNP the stream of Business has been stopped until further notice.

How can I immigrate to Northwest Territories in Canada?

A person can immigrate to the NW Territory in Canada either as a business person or as a skilled worker.

Do I need a job offer to immigrate to NWT as a skilled worker?

An employment offer from an employer in NWT is required. The NW Territories Provincial Nominee Program does not accept an expression of interest from an individual without a job offer in NWT.

Which occupations are eligible for the Entry Entry-level/Semi-Skilled Occupations?

As per the NOC or National Occupational Classification matrix, the skills levels applicable to this stream are – Skill Level C (intermediate jobs) and Skill Level D (labor jobs).

I am an Express Entry candidate. How will a PNP nomination by NWT help me?

After the approval by the NW Territory Provincial Nominee Program, the candidate nominated through the Express Entry will automatically be awarded 600 points in the CRS or Comprehensive Ranking System. Consequentially, it speeds up the process of Canadian immigration.

An Express Entry candidate who is a provincial nominee is assured of receiving an ITA from IRCC in the next federal draw to be held. It is only the highest-ranked profiles in the Express Entry pool that are invited.

What NOC Skill Levels apply to the NWT Express Entry stream?

The NOC Skill Levels applicable to the NW Territory Express Entry stream are

  • Skill Type 0 (zero) for jobs in the management field
  • Skill Type A for professional jobs
  • Skill Level B for skilled trades and technical jobs.

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