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Effective June 10, 2020Page 1 of 24Employer Driven Application Guidelines

ContentsThe Northwest Territories Nominee Program . 1Skilled Worker/ NWT Express Entry Occupations Category . 1Service Standards . 2Eligibility Criteria . 2Employer . 2Employment . 3Job description . 3National Occupation Classification . 3Labour Market Impact Assessment . 4Job Advertising. 4Wage Rate . 5Exceptional Circumstances . 5Nominee Applicant. 6Personal Documentation . 6Work Permits. 6Education and Work Experience . 6Language Requirements . 7Settlement Income. 8Express Entry Requirements . 8Important Notes on submitting an application . 8Definitions . 9Authorized Representatives.10How to Submit an Application Package.10Application Assessment Process .12Supporting Documents.15Language of Documents .15Certified True Copies .15Who can Certify Documents .15

Employer Driven Stream Guidelines- SW/EEThe Northwest Territories Nominee ProgramEffective June 10, 2020The Northwest Territories Nominee Program supports the recruitment and retention of ForeignNationals when there are no qualified Canadians or permanent residents available to fill a position.The Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) assists Employers in retaining NomineeApplicants who have the skills, education and work experience to contribute to the economy, wantto live in the Northwest Territories and who desire to become a permanent resident of Canada.Immigration is a shared responsibility between the Government of Canada and the Government ofNorthwest Territories. The Government of Canada has the sole responsibility of determining who isadmitted to Canada, immigration classes, and annual immigration levels. The Government ofNorthwest Territories has the responsibility of nominating a Nominee Applicant to fill criticallabour shortages. There are two program streams within the NTNP: Employer Driven and Businessstreams. The Department of Education, Culture and Employment is responsible for administeringthe Employer Driven stream of the NTNP.The Employer Driven stream supports Employers in recruiting and retaining Nominee Applicantswho meet program eligibility criteria and who possess the skills, education and work experiencerequired. The Employer Driven stream categories may be used by an Employer when there are noqualified Canadians or permanent residents available to fill the position. Through the NTNP,employers are responsible for submitting an application to nominate a Nominee Applicant forpermanent residency.Employer Driven Stream Categories are:Entry Level/Semi-Skilled OccupationsSkilled WorkersNWT Express EntryThe NTNP is not designed to support a fully-foreign based workforce. Program staff will assessemployers current workforce to ensure that the Nominee Program is not undermining otherLabour Market Programs designed to assist the local labour force.The Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment is responsible for administering the Businessstream of the Nominee Program. Information on how to apply to the Business stream can be foundat Worker/ NWT Express Entry Occupations CategoryThese Program Guidelines are for the Skilled Worker/ NWT Express Entry Occupations Categoryonly.The Skilled Worker/ NWT Express Entry Occupations category is intended to assist Employers withcritical labour shortages that cannot be filled by local, permanent residents, or Canadian citizens.1

Employer Driven Stream Guidelines- SW/EEEffective June 10, 2020This category is designed to increase the labour pool for skilled level jobs within the NationalOccupational Classification skill levels O, A and B.As determined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Refugee Claimants are not eligiblefor the Nominee Program.Service StandardsProgram staff are available to assist Employers throughout all steps of the application process.Program staff will: provide quality and professional service;endeavor to respond to all inquiries via email or telephone within two (2) business days;endeavor to assess all complete application packages (including all necessary forms andoriginal/certified documentation) within ten (10) weeks of receipt; andassess all application packages by date received to maintain fairness and consistency.It is the responsibility of the Employer, Nominee Applicant, and/or Authorized Representative toensure all supporting documents remain valid throughout the application process.Program staff are unable to assist with applying to or answering questions on federal immigrationprograms, such as work permits, permanent residency, or Canadian citizenship. Please visitImmigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website ( for more information.Immigrating to Canada, including through the NTNP, can be a lengthy process. While all efforts aremade to process applications for nomination in a timely manner, processing times may increasewith the volume of applications received.Eligibility CriteriaEmployerThe Employer must be a Canadian Citizen or a permanent resident of Canada. The Employer mustalso be a registered business, or a local, municipal, First Nation or territorial government, with anoffice or establishment in the Northwest Territories that is operational year round. The Employermust maintain a place of business in the Northwest Territories where the Nominee Applicant willwork. If the Nominee Applicant will work at more than one location, the Employer must maintain aplace of business in the Northwest Territories where the Nominee Applicant will report to work.The Employer must have been registered and operational in the Northwest Territories for aminimum of one (1) year on a full-time basis immediately prior to submitting the applicationpackage.In the case of a registered business, the Employer is defined as the owner or designated humanresources representative of the establishment. In the case of a local, municipal, First Nation or2

Employer Driven Stream Guidelines- SW/EEEffective June 10, 2020territorial government, the Employer is defined as the head or designated human resourcesrepresentative.The Employer must be registered and in good standing with the Northwest Territories’ Workers’Safety and Compensation Commission and must submit proof of valid registration.Employers who are subject to the Northwest Territories’ Employment Standards Act must be in goodstanding and be operating in compliance with the Employment Standards Act. Employers that are notwithin the jurisdiction of the Employment Standards Act must be in compliance with the prevailingunion or collective bargaining agreement.EmploymentThe term of employment must be for a permanent, full-time position (minimum 37.5 hours perweek). Please include an employment contract from the original date of hire and the currentcontract that is consistent with the Northwest Territories’ Employment Standards Act or incompliance with the prevailing union or collect bargaining agreement.Please visit for a sample contract. Employers are strongly encouraged toreview the sample contract prior to submitting their application and are invited to use this samplecontract for their application. The sample contract is not mandatory.Job descriptionThe Employer must provide a detailed job description for the position. The job description mustinclude: position title; language requirements of the position (only English or French will be accepted any otherlanguage will only be considered an asset); main duties of the positions; educational and work experience requirements of the position; and any occupational certification for the position (including any required certification oraccreditation).National Occupation ClassificationThe National Occupation Classification (NOC) system is used by the Government of Canada toclassify occupations. These occupations are grouped together based on the educational and workexperience requirements of the position and the job duties. The skill levels applicable to the SkilledWorker/Express Entry stream are: Skill Type 0 (zero) – Management jobs; Skill Type A – Professional jobs (usually requiring a university degree); and Skill Level B – Technical jobs and skilled Trades (usually requiring a college diploma orapprenticeship training).3

Employer Driven Stream Guidelines- SW/EEEffective June 10, 2020The Employer is required to research and select an appropriate NOC code for the position based onthe educational and work experience requirements and job duties. Please sp for more information.Labour Market Impact AssessmentThe Employer must submit a copy of a positive Employment and Social Development Canada’sLabour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or proof of job advertising (see below). A LMIA is averification process whereby the federal government’s Department of Employment and SocialDevelopment Canada assesses an offer of employment to ensure that the employment of a NomineeApplicant will not have a negative impact on the Canadian labour market. Please visit www.cic.gc.cafor detailed information on obtaining a LMIA.An Employer who employs a Nominee Applicant based on a positive LMIA must adhere to theagreement in all aspects. Employers applying to nominate a Nominee Applicant with an open workpermit (under the International Mobility Program) and without submitting a positive LMIA, mustinstead submit the job advertising requirements (see below).Job AdvertisingEmployers applying to nominate a Nominee Applicant without a positive LMIA are required tosubmit proof of local and national advertising, as well as a summary of advertising results.Minimum local and national recruitment efforts must have been placed for a minimum of 30consecutive days and placed within twelve (12) months immediately prior the date of the job offer.Local Advertising in at least two or more of the following: Recognized internet employment sites such as:o Jobs North Edge;o Workopolis;o LinkedIn;o Monster, etc.; In a local Northwest Territories newspaper such as;o The Yellowknifer, The Hub, etc. Local and regional employment centers; and Industry job board such as:o Aviation industry job boards; ando Healthcare job boards.If choosing to advertise locally in a Northwest Territories newspaper, the advertisement should beposted for a minimum of once per week for four (4) weeksNational Advertising: Advertising on the Government of Canada’s Job Bank at .Advertisements must clearly specify the position title, minimum qualification/education (as per theNOC), the hours per week and the wage. When submitting proof of advertisements ensure that4

Employer Driven Stream Guidelines- SW/EEEffective June 10, 2020copies of the job advertisements, as well as the dates they were posted, are clear and legible.Employers are strongly encouraged to continue to actively seek Canadians and permanentresidents to fill the position until a decision is reached on their application.The summary of advertising results must include a list of all applications received in response tothe advertised position and a detailed list of reasons for refusal of employment. Employers mustdemonstrate that the Nominee Applicant applied directly to the position as advertised and providerationale as to why they are the best suited candidate. The summary of adverting results must bedated and signed by the Employer. Do not submit the resumes you received for the position posted,however, please date stamp them and keep on file in case requested by program staff.Program staff have the discretion to refuse or request further information on job advertisings orthe summary of advertising results to identify if a critical labour shortage exists for the occupation.Wage RateThe Employer must provide a comparable industry wage based on Job Bank wage information, thebusinesses’ existing workforce, as advertised, and as per the terms and conditions in the LabourMarket Impact Assessment (if applicable). The wage must always be equal to or more than thecurrent minimum wage of the Northwest Territories.For Job Bank wage information please refer to the Government of Canada’s Employment and SocialDevelopment Canada website at as a guide. This resource provides detailedinformation on wage rates by National Occupation Classification (NOC) code and region.Please refer to the median wage rates for the Northwest Territories. If the wage information for theNOC code is not available for the Northwest Territories, please refer to wages from these regions inthe following order: Yukon, Northern Alberta, Alberta, Canada.If the Nominee Applicant is currently employed the Employer must submit their pay stubs andcorresponding time sheets for the past three (3) months to demonstrate that the wage has beenpaid accordingly. These pay stubs must clearly note the wage rate, the hours worked for that payperiod, and any deductions taken from the payment amount. Program staff may request additionalpay stubs for the position and/or wage information for other similar positions within the registeredbusiness, industry association, or local, municipal, First Nation or territorial government.Additionally, Program Staff may use discretion on refusing wages based on industry rate of pay forsimilar occupations.Exceptional CircumstancesSkilled workers are typically not eligible for nomination when living abroad or in Canada without avalid work permit. However, in exceptional circumstances and depending on the Employer’sbusiness case and operational circumstances, the Nominee Program may consider accepting a file.In these exceptional circumstances, employers must consult with program officers anddemonstrate that a rigorous advertising campaign meeting the job advertising criteria of these5

Employer Driven Stream Guidelines- SW/EEEffective June 10, 2020guidelines for a minimum of 10 weeks has been undertaken and must also clearly identify how theskilled Foreign National has a skill set, education and work experience that cannot be found withinthe NWT or Canada.The employer must provide information on if they applied for a LMIA and if they have accessedother Labour Market Programs to support their workforce. Program officers must be satisfied thata skilled labour shortage exists and that the employer has exhausted all other avenues to determinethat no other Canadian or Permanent Resident in Canada is available. Program officers may refuseto accept an application and that application will not be eligible for an appeal.Nominee ApplicantPersonal DocumentationA Nominee Applicant is required to submit the following documentation in original or certified truecopies and translated into English or French. Copies of documents must be clear and legible. Nominee Applicant valid work permit;Nominee Applicant passport (biographical page only);Nominee Applicant birth certificate;Nominee Applicant marriage certificate or declaration of common-law union; andBirth certificate(s) and passport(s) for dependent(s).Bank statements, stamped by the financial institution, for 3 months prior to submitting anapplication.It is the responsibility of the Nominee Applicant to ensure all personal documentation remains valid(including the certification period) while their application is being processed.Work PermitsNominee Applicants currently in Canada must have legal status to work and must have a valid workpermit for the duration of the application process. Nominee Applicants with a closed work permitmust meet the terms and conditions of the work permit. If the Nominee Applicant’s work permitexpires during the application period they will not be considered for nomination. NomineeApplicants must also satisfy the Nominee Program that they intend to settle permanently in theNorthwest Territories.Education and Work ExperienceA Nominee Applicant must have the required certification or accreditation for the occupation basedon the Employer’s job description, the job advertisements (if applicable) and the NationalOccupational Classification’s employment requirements. If applicable, the Nominee Applicant mustalso meet the Northwest Territories’ certification, licensing, or registration requirements of the job.For non-regulated occupations, the Employer is responsible for ensuring that the NomineeApplicant meets occupational standards and has the required work experience for the specificoccupation. Furthermore, the Nominee Applicant must have one year of full-time experience in theoccupation they are being nominated for within the last 10 years.6

Employer Driven Stream Guidelines- SW/EEEffective June 10, 2020Nominee Applicants that completed education outside of Canada must have their internationaleducational credentials assessed to compare them to educational standards in Canada. For thepurposes of consistency, the NTNP will only accept the IRCC approved Educational CredentialAssessment (ECA) organizations to verify educational credentials. An Educational CredentialAssessment, or ECA, is a report issued by an organization designated by the federal Minister ofImmigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada that verifies the authenticity of a foreign diploma,certificate or credential, and assesses its equivalence to a Canadian educational credential.There are 7 organizations designated as acceptable ECA providers for immigration purposes, whichare listed below: World Education Services (WES): Date of Designation: April 17, 2013Comparative Education Service: University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies: Dateof Designation: April 17, 2013International Credential Assessment Service of Canada: Date of Designation: April 17, 2013Medical Council of Canada: Date of Designation: April 17, 2013Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC): Date of Designation: January 6, 2014International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES): Date of Designation: August 6, 2015International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS): Date of Designation: August 6,2015. Please note that this service is currently on hold until April 2020.Language RequirementsNominee Applicants must be able to communicate in one of Canada’s official languages, English orFrench. Nominee Applicants being supported under the Skilled Worker/Express Entry category inNOC category types 0, and A, must undergo mandatory language testing and achieve a minimumlanguage standard of the Canadian Language Benchmark Level (CLB) 7 in either English or French,across all four categories: listening, speaking, reading and writing.Nominee Applicants being supported under NOC skill level B must achieve a minimum languagestandard of the Canadian Language Benchmark Level (CLB) 5 in either English or French, across allfour categories: listening, speaking, reading and writing.The minimum language standards must all be achieved in one testing session. Test scores fordifferent categories cannot be combined from multiple tests. There are four language testsapproved by the Government of Canada. A Nominee Applicant is able to write one of the followingfour tests: The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) General Training;The Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP-General);The Test d’Évaluation de Français (to test proficiency in French); orThe Test de connaissance du français (TCF Canada- to test proficiency in French).Other language tests or methods will not be accepted. Language tests are valid for two years fromthe date of the test results.7

Employer Driven Stream Guidelines- SW/EESettlement IncomeEffective June 10, 2020A Nominee Applicant must demonstrate they have sufficient funds to establish and maintainthemselves and any dependents within the Northwest Territories. This is demonstrated from thevalid job offer and industry rate of pay.Express Entry RequirementsThe Northwest Territories’ Express Entry stream is only for Foreign Nationals who have beenaccepted into Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry pool. Once a candidateis accepted into the Express Entry pool, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will providean acceptance letter (including an Express Entry Profile Number).Only candidates accepted into Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry pool,and have been issued an Express Entry Profile Number are eligible to be nominated as an ExpressEntry candidate.For detailed information on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry, pleasevisit: try.asp.When applying for the Northwest Territories’ Express Entry stream, a candidate must: provide the acceptance letter issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’sExpress Entry Pool;prove a valid job seeker validation code;maintain valid status in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s Express Entry poolthroughout the application process;meet the eligibility criteria for the Northwest Territories’ Skilled Worker stream; andhave expressed interest in settling permanently in the Northwest Territories.Important Notes on submitting an applicationEmployers are responsible for ensuring that their application meets mandatory eligibility criteria.Program staff may request additional supporting documentation to verify that the applicationmeets criteria. This may include documents such as financial statements, T4A’s, Lease agreements,Canada Revenue Agency Schedules 125 (Income Statement Information), financial statements, andother relevant documentation related to eligibility criteria.Nominee Applicants are responsible for ensuring that their personal documentation remains validfor the duration of the application process. This includes, work permits, language test results, andother personal documents that may expire during the application process will not be accepted asproof of meeting mandatory eligibility criteria. Program staff may request additional supportingdocumentation to verify that the application meets eligibility criteria.8

Employer Driven Stream Guidelines- SW/EEEffective June 10, 2020Information must be consistent on all documentation submitted in the application package,including all necessary documents such as; employment contract, and Labour Market ImpactAssessment, job advertising etc.Nominee Applicants who own/operate or invest in a business within the Northwest Territories arenot eligible under the Employer Driven streams. Nominee Applicants are prohibited from applyingto both the Business and Employer driven streams at the same time.If the Employer is in violation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the Nominee Programwill not accept applications from the Employer to nominate any future Nominee Applicants underthe Employer Driven streams for up to 3 years, depending on the severity of the issue.DefinitionsImmigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)The federal government department authorized to sign agreements with provincial/territorialgovernments to facilitate the coordination and implementation of immigration policies andprograms, such as the NTNP. Final authority rests solely with the Government of Canada in issuingwork permits, permanent residency, and granting Canadian citizenship.The Government of Northwest Territories, Department of Education, Culture andEmploymentThe Government of Northwest Territories department that delivers the Employer Driven stream ofthe NTNP. The Government of Northwest Territories is responsible for assessing the impacts thatnominations will have on the Northwest Territories labour market.The EmployerIn the case of a registered business, the employer is defined as the owner or designated humanresources representative of the establishment. In the case of local, municipal, First Nation orterritorial government, the employer is defined as the head or designated human resourcesrepresentative of the association or government.The Foreign NationalA person who is not a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident.The Nominee ApplicantThe Foreign National that is being nominated by an Employer.The NomineeA Foreign National who has been approved and nominated under the NTNP.The Authorized RepresentativeAn individual that an Employer and/or a Nominee Applicant appoint to conduct business on theirbehalf with the NTNP and/or advises them throughout NTNP application process.9

Employer Driven Stream Guidelines- SW/EEAuthorized RepresentativesEffective June 10, 2020An Authorized Representative can be paid or unpaid. Paid representatives must be disclosed to theNTNP by submitting the Use of a Representative Form (NTNP Employer/Nominee Applicant). If theEmployer and/or Nominee Applicant wishes to authorize an unpaid representative to formally acton one’s behalf in conducting business or communicating with the NTNP, they must also submit aUse of a Representative Form (NTNP Employer/Nominee Applicant). Using an AuthorizedRepresentative does not change the application process or guarantee an application will beapproved.Paid representatives must be: Immigration consultants who are full members in good standing of the ImmigrationConsultants of Canada Regulatory Council; orlawyers who are members in good standing of the Law Society of BC or another CanadianLaw Society, the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, or the Chambre des notaires du Quebec.Only one individual can be authorized to act as a representative at a time. An appointment of a newauthorized representative will cancel any previously appointed representative.How to Submit an Application PackageApplication ProcessBefore applying to Skilled Worker/ Express Entry category, please review these ProgramGuidelines thoroughly. These guidelines outline the eligibility criteria, application process and howto submit an online application.What is the online application system?The NT Nominee Program now has a sophisticated online application syste

This category is designed to increase the labour pool for skilled level jobs within the National Occupational Classification skill levels O, A and B. . processing times may increase with the volume of applications received. Eligibility Criteria . union