• Provide a required level of financial investment to start a new business in the NWT or purchase an existing business.
  • Be an active part of the business.
  • Implement a business plan that provides a benefit to the NWT (such as selling a new product that was not available before).


  • Provide financial resources to support their family while they start their business.
  • Be professionals who establish a business outlet or professional practice.
  • Implement a business plan that provides a service that is in demand in the NWT (such as a dentist, plumber, and engineer).

Skilled Worker

Employer driven process intended for skill level O, A, B.

Critical Impact Worker

Critical labour shortages (NOC Skill levels C & D , hospitality and service sector Industry.