The Northwest Territory Business Stream is designed for foreign entrepreneurs to purchase, establish or invest in a business in the Northwest Territories. The NW Business Stream is a pathway for the Northwest Territories Nominee Program. It facilitates business that can contribute to the economic development of the areas. The program encourages applicants to establish their business in the territory and eventually apply for a Canadian PR.
The approved applicants initially need to apply for a two-year work permit to the Government of Canada in order to start their business in the territory. Once the applicant successfully operated their business for 19 months, they can file for a nomination to the Northwest Territories and then apply to the federal government for a permanent residency status for themselves and their families.
Aspiring candidates are encouraged to visit Northwest Territories and study its economic environment and develop their business concept plan accordingly. NTNP clarifies that a business plan can be anything related to identifying a potentially new business opportunity or investing in an already existing business opportunity.
The following are the list of requirements that the candidate needs to fulfil in order to apply for the NWBS:
Step 1: Assess your eligibility and gather all your supporting documents
The first step is to review your eligibility and gather the supporting documents like educational qualification certificates, letters of business management experience, certified net worth documents, a report of your business concept plan, police clearance certificates, and other identity proofs. You should prepare and provide all these documents at the submission of your application.
Step 2: Conduct an Exploratory trip to NWT and prepare for the interview
The aspiring applicants are strongly encouraged to make at least one trip to the Northwest Territories to study the economic environment and to research what businesses can contribute to your business and to the development of the territory. The exploratory trip is then followed by an interview with the NTNP officials. They assess your business plan (the candidate needs to submit a brief summary of his business concept plan at least 24 hours before the interview is scheduled), and the rest of the information provided by you at the times of your application like your entrepreneurial experience, knowledge, and skills required by you to run the business, etc. Note that in case the applicant is to buy an existing business in the NWT, the current owner is also likely to be interviewed separately.
Step 3: Submit your Expression of Interest application
This is an initial application where you are to submit your EOI profile that contains all the relevant information like knowledge of your proposed business, communication skills, business concept note, etc. You have 60 days to submit a written summary of the outline of the proposed investment amount, net worth, a number of jobs to be created for Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada, a summary of their business trip to the Northwest Territories, etc. Post submission of your EOI application successfully approved candidates are issued an Invitation to Apply.
Step 4: Formal application submission and review
After you have received an ITA, you are to submit a formal application online or in person. You need to attach a financial verification report through a third-party designated service provider and a detailed business plan. This application must be submitted within 60 days of receiving your ITA.
Once the application is submitted it is reviewed by the NTNP officials they make a recommendation to either accept or reject the application. The decision is made by the Deputy Minister of the Department of Industry, Tourism, and Investment and is duly informed to the applicant.
Step 5: Signing the Business Performance Agreement
The approved candidates are to sign an official document with the NTNP. The BPA is based on the business plan and outlines the streamlined operations and management of the proposed business. After signing the BPA, you need to deposit $75,000 CAD along with another form. The NTNP then issues a letter of support for a 2 years' work permit to the applicant. The applicant needs to be physically present in the Northwest Territory for 75% of the time while on the temporary work permit period.
Step 6: Developing the business and Nomination
Once the Temporary Work Permit is approved and signed by the candidate, he should make the investment and start the business operation within the next 6 months. The applicant should be able to demonstrate active involvement in managing the operations of the business. The business progress is monitored through support meetings and reports along the process. After 12 months of successfully running the business as per the BPA, the candidate can be eligible for a provincial nomination. The NTNP then issues a nomination certificate to the candidate.
Step 7: Apply for Canadian PR
Once the candidate and their family receive a nomination from the Northwest Territories, they can apply for permanent residency in Canada. Once the applicant gets issued a Permanent Residence Card, it shall ensure that the cardholders can leave and re-enter Canada at their will.
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