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The Northwest Territories Location

 

 The Northwest Territories stretch on a large area in the North of Canada east of the Yukon territory. The population is over 43,000 and most residents here are Aboriginal.

 Northwest Territories cover a vast area of forests and tundra. Throughout most of the 20th century, the territories comprised from over than one-third of the area of Canada and stretched almost from the eastern to the western borders of the country, passing the roof of the North American continent. In 1999, Nunavut became a new territory and as a result, the Northwest Territories lost more than half of its territory. 

 The Northwest Territories borders Nunavut to the east; the provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia to the south, and Yukon to the west. In the north, the territories go far above the Arctic Circle to include many islands; the largest are Banks and Prince Patrick. Some islands belong to the territories, while others to Nunavut. Yellowknife is the capital and largest city with an area of 519,7351,346,106 square.

 

The Northwest Territories Economy

 

 Northwest territories are rich with arable land, especially in the southern part of the Mackenzie valley. However, agriculture doesn’t bring significant profit. Some fields are rather used for local needs, which means the territories pretty much rely on the expensive imported foodstuff.

 Although the Fort Smith region encompasses most of the territories’ nearly 330,000 square km of forested land, large stands of export timber are still limited. Several sawmills produce the timber only for local use.

 Mining is the largest private sector industry, with major mines for gold, uranium,and recently diamonds. Companies extract oil and gas in the Mackenzie River valley and offshore in the Beaufort Sea is also becoming resourceful. The diamond industry is increasing in the NWT.

 Yellowknife is a small city, yet in terms of the economy, it can provide a variety of opportunities. More and more investors put investments in the city and a recent study shows that Yellowknife has the third fastest growing economy in Canada, following only Vancouver and Toronto. There are first-rate healthcare services and a strong education system, including recreational opportunities and other events to enjoy.

 

The Northwest Territories Employment

 

 The Northwest territories offer great employment prospects. The NWT unemployment rate is similar to the Canadian average of approximately 7%. The average household income is the highest there, in particular in Yellowknife. This is why the NT is an excellent place to consider it for immigration. The population is friendly, so newcomers receive a warm welcome and support from locals.

 Despite the high living cost, employers receive higher wages and the income tax is really low. While the mediate salary is $12.50 per hour, many workers earn much more. As for food costs and household expenses, they can be more expensive compared to other remote communities. Yet, again, there is no provincial sales tax. Utility expenses don’t differ from other regions in southern Canada, except heating costs, which are higher because of the long winters. 

 

Helpful Links

 

 Those willing to find a job in the Northwest Territories can avail of a few online resources. You can register with the Northern News Services to receive regular updates. A very common resource for job search is Job Bank. To find employment in the private sector, go to Come Make Your Mark.

 Whether you are a student, skilled worker or a young person looking for a job abroad, a GNWT Career is an excellent source of finding a job in the Northwest Territories for all types of professionals.

 If you see you have all the skills to apply to the Northwest Territories to get a work permit, then you need to consider a few things. First, this is a Social Insurance Number without which you won’t be able to start working in Canada. Secondly, you will need to get your credentials assessed by the Canadian Center for International Credentials. Similarly, you need to check whether your occupation needs a Red Seal certification. Finally, ensure your English or French language skills, at least, meet the minimum standards.

 

The Northwest Territories Education

 

 Though the population of the Northwest Territories is small, it offers first-rate public education system. The main school system is also supported by apprenticeship programs to train young people for careers. Aurora College is the only post-education institution in Yellowknife.

 As in other Canadian provinces, children go to school until they reach 18 years of age. The public school system has Elementary, Secondary, and Post-Secondary levels. However, some private schools may have different grade levels regulated by the provincial government.

The study year for school students begins in September and ends in June, while for post-secondary students, it ends in April. On Christmas and New Year holidays, all students have holiday breaks and there’s a spring break in March or April. For more information on education in the Northwest territories, visit the official website: www.ece.gov.nt.ca

 

The Northwest Territories Culture

 

 Apart from Yellowknife, other communities are Hay River, Inuvik, Fort Smith, and Behchoko.

 50 percent of the population in the Northwest Territories is regarding themselves as Aboriginal Indigenous groups. Therefore, Aboriginal traditions are mixed together with other ethnic and cultural groups of the NWT, together with modern Canadian culture.

 Yellowknife has the same stores, entertainment and other cultural events that can be found in any other Canadian town. Smaller communities also offer plenty of activities.

 As for recreation, in the summer, local residents like to go fishing, hiking, boating, canoeing, etc. Winter also has its advantages. Yes, lots of snow, cold, but a great opportunity for skating, kite skiing, dog sledding, and snowmobiling. Or, you can dine out with your friends in one of the Yellowknife restaurants which offer Thai, Vietnamese, Ethiopian, and Asian cuisines.

 Celebrations and festivals are the best way to bring people together. In summer, you should attend Folk on the Rock Music Festival. The Northwest Territories artists attract even international visitors at the Great Northern Art Festival, which offers an excellent exhibition of local works.

 In overall, living in the Northwest territories has its own benefits; whatever your interest is you can find a group or event to meet new people and do your bit in a local community.

 

The Northwest Territories Main Cities

 

Yellowknife

 The Northwest Territories encompass 33 communities and has a population of 44,250. The capital, Yellowknife is the largest center with a population of 20,637. Other large communities include Hay River (3,724), Inuvik (3,586), Fort Smith (2,466) and Behchoko (2,026). Jean Marie River is a tiny village with less than 100 residents.

 There are many things to do in Yellowknife, especially, for those who enjoy outdoor activities. Yellowknife is home to many Maritimers and also boasts a French-speaking community exceeding a thousand people. Yellowknife is a vibrant and dynamic city with lots of employment opportunities. From one hand, it has all the amenities of a big city; on the other hand, it offers a lifestyle of a small city. 

 Yellowknife is the doorway to the North, which promises career possibilities. With many mining and natural resources underway in the region, the North has started to play an important role in the Canadian economy.

 

Housing in the Northwest Territories

 

 Larger centers in the Northwest Territories offer more options for renting or buying a house, unlike housing options in smaller communities. Foreign skilled workers in small communities don’t encounter problems with finding a place to live; their employers usually arrange their accommodation in advance.

 The choice in the Northwest Territories’ real estate market is wide. In Yellowknife, you can find condos or luxurious single-family homes surrounded by natural beauty. You can choose from housing and a range of prices to suit your budget.

 

The Northwest Territories housing Helpful Information

 

 Before you move to a new country, it is important to ensure a place to stay. If you have friends or relatives in Nova Scotia, you might plan to live with them. However, most people rent apartments, and you can choose to rent either a short-term or a long-term rental. The first two weeks you may choose to live in a temporary place. Use Yellow Pages, booking.com and expedia.com to find a list of hotels and motels.

 When you arrive in the NT,  you can look for a home on your own or hire a real estate agent, which will also help you with a mortgage, insurance, and legal procedures. The agents can be found in the telephone directory and in local newspapers.  Your bank will also be able to help you out.

 Housing for Newcomers from CMHC (Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation) is a helpful guide for newly arrived immigrants. Here you will find plenty of information concerning renting or buying a home. For example, Guide to Renting a Home, Housing for Newcomers – Renting, Housing for Newcomers Buying and much more.

Here, find out about affordable houses in the Northwest Territories. Other helpful websites are Kijiji and Zoeken.

Just recently, we’ve come across Yellowknife Online, which also has a Facebook page.

 If you choose to rent you will have to pay your monthly rent, including utilities. You might need to pay for the parking place as well.  As a rule, tenants must pay a security deposit, which they get back when they move out.

Pet lovers need to check with the landlord whether pets are legally allowed in the house they are planning to rent.

 

The Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP)

 

 The Northwest Territories Nominee Program collaborates with the Government of the Northwest Territories and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada to nominate eligible foreign skilled workers and entrepreneurs. The Nominee Program is meant to help employers in the Northwest Territories attract the workforce they need for their businesses. If an employer cannot find a local candidate for a position, then he is allowed to find foreign nationals with the skills and experience for the job.

 Prospective foreign candidates with the required skills and experience needed in the province can apply through the Northwest Territories’ Provincial Nominee Program. Selected applicants receive a Northwest Territories Provincial Nomination Certificate, which allows foreign nationals to apply for a Canadian permanent residence.

 Here are the NTNP streams:

Express Entry System for Skilled Workers

 The program is for qualified professionals who have been admitted by the federal Express Entry system. You should qualify for either of the programs: The Federal Skilled Worker, the Federal Skilled Trade, and the Canadian Experience Class.

 To apply for the Express Entry Skilled Worker Program candidates must have a job offer from the Northwest Territories employer. The applicant also must provide a language test certificate (IELTS, CELPIP, or TEF Canada). Not the least, he should demonstrate the intention to settle permanently in the province and the ability to support themselves financially. And finally, candidates must have an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) of their high school diploma.

Critical Impact Worker Stream

 To apply for the Critical Impact Worker stream, candidates must have already worked for at least 6 months in the NT. One the requirements are having a job offer, and the applicant's employment must match NOC Level O, A or B. The applicant also must provide a language test certificate (IELTS, CELPIP, or TEF Canada).

 Not the least, they should demonstrate the intention to settle permanently in the province and the ability to support themselves financially. And finally, candidates must have an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) of their high school diploma.

The NT PNP Skilled Worker Stream

 To apply to the NT PNP Skilled Worker stream, candidates must have already worked for at least 6 months in the NT. One the requirements are having a job offer, and the applicant's employment must match NOC Level O, A or B. The applicant also must provide a language test certificate (IELTS, CELPIP, or TEF Canada).

 Not the least, they should demonstrate the intention to settle permanently in the province and the ability to support themselves financially. And finally, candidates must have an Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) of their high school diploma.

 Please note that the last two programs are employer-driven streams for the Northwest Territories employers to invite eligible candidates for Canadian permanent residence. Employers also must meet eligibility requirements to bring foreign nationals.

Business Stream

 This business immigration stream is for foreign entrepreneurs with the ability to set up, buy, or invest in an existing business in the Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP). 

It is important that applicants demonstrate the ability to create at least one job position for a permanent resident or Canadian citizen. They should have good managerial skills and experience related to their business occupation.

 Applicants must submit a business concept and plan to the Northwest Territories which will be reviewed by the Department of Industry, Tourism, and Investment. Selected candidates will receive a nomination certificate to apply for a permanent residence.