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CELPIP Test to be Offered in Yellowknife

Thursday, February 22, 2018

On March 24, 2018, the Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) will be offered in Yellowknife.

Parragon Testing will be offering the CELPIP test at Aurora College at 9:00 am, 11:00 am, and 1:00 pm. This is one of the accepted English Language Proficiency tests required of the Northwest Territories Nominee Program, as well as Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada for the purposes of Permanent Residency applications.

For more information please see the CELPIP website:

New Guide Aims to Help Foreign Nationals Succeed in the NWT

Thursday, January 4, 2018

For a new business, navigating permits, registrations and licenses can be challenging.  Even-more so, if you are a newcomer to the Northwest Territories (NWT).

A new guide is aiming to make the process easier.

A Foreign Nationals Guide to Operating a Successful Business in the NWT provides reference materials, contact information, tips and guidelines to help new entrepreneurs develop their businesses.  

National Occupational Classification List Update

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

As of October 24, 2017,  Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada will be officially switching from the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2011 to the NOC 2016 list for all programs (i.e Express Entry, PNP). The NOC 2016 revision resulted in changes to 314 NOC occupational Unit Groups, added 204 new occupational titles, and modified another 21 titles in English. However, the NOC 2016 structure is identical to that of the NOC 2011 with minor changes to NOC codes.

Regulatory Change to Age of Dependent Child

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

As of October 24, 2017, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has made a regulatory change under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.  This change has raised the age limit for dependent children from “under 19” to “under 22”. 

More information on this public policy can be found on the IRCC web site: 

Public Policy:

News Release:

New National Occupational Classification Wage Data Released

Monday, September 25, 2017

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) wage data was updated on September 25, 2017. Employers are encouraged to visit to the Government of Canada’s Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) website at to review the updates. Application’s submitted to the NT Nominee program are required to meet the median wage rate for the Northwest Territory set forth by ESDC at the time of application submission. For more information regarding Wage Rate requirements please review the NT Nominee Program Guidelines.

Employer Engagement Session - Hay River

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Department of Education, Culture and Employment is pleased to provide information sessions for employers in Hay River on the Nominee Program’s Employer-Driven streams. The sessions will provide information specifically tailored to employers on the Nominee Program’s Critical Impact Worker, Skilled Worker and NWT Express Entry streams, and will be followed by question and answer periods.

Two sessions will be held in Hay River.

August 29th 2-4 pm   - and -   August 29th 6-8 pm

12 Lepine Road, Aurora College, Hay River Community Learning Centre

Changes to Employer Driven Stream

Friday, July 14, 2017

As part of the Department of Education, Culture and Employment’s culture of continuous improvement, please note changes to the eligibility criteria have been made to the Nominee Program’s Employer Driven streams (Critical Impact Worker, Skilled Worker/ NWT Express Entry streams).

Updates to Business-Driven Stream Guidelines

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

There are updates to the Business-Driven Stream guidelines of which potential applicants should be aware. 

Changes to this set of Guidelines deal with investment made prior to entering into a Business Performance Agreement with the Nominee Program. The Guidelines now read:

Northwest Territories Immigration Strategy Released

Friday, June 30, 2017

YELLOWKNIFE (June 30, 2017) – Alfred Moses, Minister of Education, Culture and Employment and Wally Schumann, Minister of Industry, Tourism and Investment, today released the Northwest Territories Immigration Strategy 2017-2022: Building a Skilled Workforce and a Vibrant Economy.

Updates to Business Stream Program Guidelines

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

In an effort to clarify information presented in previous editions of the Business Stream Program Guidelines for the Northwest Territories Nominee Program (NTNP), there have been updates to the information within the Guidelines. The new guidelines are effective January 5, 2017. The following list outlines the updates made to this edition of the Business Stream Program Guidelines: