Colin was the first successful applicant to the Business Stream of the Northwest Territories Nominee Program. He purchased Diamond Drycleaners on September 30, 2016.
Abdullah Al Bodrees
“Yellowknife is a nice compact town!” That was Abdullah’s first impression when he came to the city.
After many years driving from place to place in Saudi Arabia (sometimes almost 500 km a day!), he and his family decided they wanted to live in a safe and friendly place, with short commute times and no busy highways. Even his children wanted a change of pace after studying in Houston, USA for many years.
After doing some research, and reading about the Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP) and the requirements for the Business Stream, Abdullah and his family realized the Northwest Territories had everything they were looking for, including many business opportunities.
Abdullah decided to do the NTNP journey without a consultant and spend time researching. His children also helped him in the process. He found the website and the friendly NTNP staff were helpful resources in his application.
Originally from Lebanon, Rami Kassem was looking to open a business and bought Javaroma Gourmet Coffee & Tea Restaurant in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories with his business partner in 2009. He had big dreams for this business to take it to the next level. With a lot of hard work and the support of the community, they opened three new locations in Yellowknife.
Rami truly found a home in Yellowknife. He feels it has an amazing community that supports the local businesses. He knows that the Northwest Territories is a land of opportunity and growth; you just need to find the right business, the right way and the right people.
Sage came to Yellowknife from Japan in 1993, and the only thing he missed from home was the food. So, he decided to open a restaurant: Sushi North.
While Yellowknife is a small town, he said there is more opportunity than in a big city, and less competition. People in Yellowknife are educated, they have good jobs and they spend money in town at local businesses. Sage tells his friends that Yellowknife is an active and diverse community, which represents an advantage for foreign workers and newcomers.
Sage thinks winters in the Northwest Territories are cold, but since it is a dry cold, it feels very different from the cold in Tokyo, where you could feel 5°C in your bones! Good winter clothing like a parka, mittens and snow boots (and the feeling of community, of course) will keep you warm through the winter. And the long, warm summer days are unparalleled.
In her many years of experience as an immigration consultant, Elaine thinks the Northwest Territories Nominee Program Business Stream is a very efficient and accessible program. She finds the program staff are friendly and focused on two key components: the applicant having a precise business plan, and whether the business plan is practical for the community.
Through the application process, she and her clients are asked precise questions about financial projections, which helps the applicant get a better understanding of their business goals. She also finds the wait time for meetings and interviews is short in comparison to other programs in other Canadian jurisdictions.