Express Entry

This stream provides a PR pathway to candidates in the Express Entry pool who have a job offer from a Northwest Territories employer. It is one of the streams of the Northwest Territories Nominee Program.

In this stream, the provincial nomination applications get processed within 10 weeks and Express Entry applications get processed within six months, provided all requirements are met.

Program Requirements



Express Entry Profile


Connection to Province

Work Experience (some exceptions)

Job Offer


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


It should be noted that both the skilled worker and the employer in the Northwest Territories must meet certain criteria to be eligible to apply to this stream.

Applicant Requirements

Express Entry Requirement

As this stream is aligned with the federal Express Entry system, the applicants must be eligible for at least one of three federal Economic programs in order to submit a profile to the Express Entry pool. The three federal Economic programs, namely, are:

-    Federal Skilled Worker – This program needs the candidates to have at least a high school diploma and at least 1-year full-time continuous skilled work experience. The work experience should be obtained in a position at NOC Skill Level 0, A, or B. Furthermore, the language proficiency in English or French should be consistent with CLB level 7.

-    Canadian Experience Class – This program needs no minimum education. The CEC candidates are required to have at least a 1-year full-time Canadian skilled work experience in the last 3 years. Work experience should be obtained in a position at NOC Skill Level 0, A, or B. Also, the language proficiency in English or French should be consistent with CLB level 5 for work experience obtained at NOC Skill Level B and CLB 7 for work experience obtained at NOC Skill Level 0 or A.

-    Federal Skilled Trades – This program requires no minimum education. The candidates must have full-time work experience of at least 2 years in a skilled trade occupation. They must also have a certificate of qualification in their skilled trade issued by a Canadian authority or an offer of employment to work in a skilled trade in Canada. Furthermore, language proficiency in English or French should be at CLB Level 4 for reading and writing and CLB 5 for speaking and listening.

Connection to Northwest Territories

As most of the applications accepted to this stream come from temporary foreign workers in the Northwest Territories, the applicants working herein must attest to their legal status to work in Canada. It is only under exceptional circumstances that the Northwest Territories accept an application from a candidate living abroad.

Job Offer

The candidates must have their job offer from an eligible Northwest Territories employer. The offer must be full-time and the position must be at NOC Skill Level 0, A, or B.

Language Proficiency

English or French language test results must be submitted. The results must demonstrate candidates’ proficiency to be sufficient for the skill level of their job offer, which is CLB level 6 for Skill Level 0 and A and CLB level 5 for Skill Level B. These scores must be consistent for reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Level of Education

All the candidates must have sufficient specialization or education to perform the job they have been offered.

Work Experience

The work experience must be at least of 1 year and full-time in the occupation same as the job offered.

Employer Requirements

Job Offer Requirements

The job offered must be full-time and permanent with a comparable industry and occupation salary without any conflict with any collective bargaining agreements.

Business Requirements

The employers who are interested in nominating a skilled foreign worker must fulfil following criteria. They must:
•    be a registered and operational Northwest Territories business for at least one year OR a municipal, First Nations or territorial government of the Northwest Territories.
•    have maintained good standing with the Northwest Territories’ Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission as well as the territory’s Employment Standards office, which are verified by the Department of Education, Culture and Employment.

Recruitment Requirements

The employers are required to submit a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment. Alternatively, if nominating a candidate with an open work permit (without submitting an LMIA), the employers must prove to have advertised the open position, both locally and nationally. They must also provide a summary of all the applicants to that position along with the reasons for refusing, if the offer has been extended to the foreign national without an LMIA.

Application Procedure

This stream is open to new applications around the year and the candidates meeting the minimum eligibility requirements must create an Express Entry profile in order to apply to this stream. Once the candidate receives a valid job offer from an employer, the employer and the candidate must submit their respective documentation in order to support their eligibility claims. Successful applicants receive a nomination from the Northwest Territories.

Upon accepting the provincial nomination, the applicant’s CRS score increases by 600 points, virtually guaranteeing them an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for PR in the next Express Entry draw. Once the ITA is received, an official PR application needs to be submitted by the applicant within the designated timeframe. Such applications get processed within 6 months.