The Northwest Territories Critical Impact Worker stream helps employers fill labour shortages when they are unable to find a suitable Canadian citizen or permanent resident locally or nationally. The stream specifically targets workers in semi-skilled and unskilled occupations that require limited training, or no training at all. Nominated foreign nationals must be working in a job classified at National Occupational Classification (NOC) level C or D in order to be eligible.
If you have a job offer in the Northwest Territories, you will need to first work for the employer for at least six months before they can apply to the Northwest Territories Critical Impact Worker stream for you. A positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is not required, but an employer must show they have tried to recruit locally before employing a foreign national.
As the employer is critical to the application, there are eligibility requirements for them, as well as for the worker.
Eligibility criteria for foreign nationals
In order to be eligible to apply to the Northwest Territories Critical Impact Worker stream through their employer, foreign nationals working in the Northwest Territories must:
- Submit required documents, including valid work permit, passport, birth certificate, and marriage certificate, birth certificate, and passports of dependents if applicable (all documents must remain valid throughout the application processing);
- Satisfy program officers that they intend to settle permanently in the Northwest Territories;
- Have the required education, work experience, and certificate/accreditation (if applicable) to perform the job related to the application;
- Have worked for the employer for at least six months immediately prior to the application;
- Obtain an educational credential assessment for their education, if obtained outside Canada;
- Demonstrate (through valid results from an approved test) a minimum level of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4 in English or French across all four categories (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), obtained on one test (i.e., test results cannot be combined). Test results must remain valid throughout the application process;
- Demonstrate sufficient settlement funds, through original or certified bank statements, of at least $10,000 for the principal applicant, and $2,000 for each dependent;
- If the employer is not supplying a LMIA, the employee must apply to the job as advertised by the employer in the application package, showing how they originally applied to the position, and how they meet the educational and employment requirements of the position.
Eligibility criteria for employers
In order to be eligible to apply to the Northwest Territories Critical Impact Worker stream, employers must,
- Be a registered business, industry association, or local/municipal/First Nations/territorial government, with an office or establishment in the Northwest Territories;
- Be registered and operating full-time for at least one year before submitting an application package;
- Be registered and in good standing with the Northwest Territories’ Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission (documents are required to prove this);
- Submit a description of their operation with the application package;
- Offer the foreign national a permanent, full-time position (minimum 37.5 hours per week) at an industry-standard wage rate – a detailed job description or employment contract is required in the application package;
- Submit either a positive LMIA for the employee’s position, or proof of local, national, and industry (optional) advertising, with a summary of results.
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