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Government of Canada signs first-ever immigration agreement with Northwest Territories

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney has announced the signing of an agreement to help attract new immigrants to the Northwest Territories. Minister Kenney made the announcement with his territorial colleagues, Education, Culture and Employment Minister Jackson Lafferty and Industry, Tourism and Investment Minister Bob McLeod.

The three year pilot initiative is meant to "better extend and strengthen the benefits of immigration for the Northwest Territories and allow it to bring in the immigrants it needs faster" said Minister Kenny.

The program is operated by the Government of the Northwest Territories through an agreement with Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The program will help strengthen the Territories' economy by attracting qualified individuals to fill critical labour shortages and promote business development.

Individuals nominated by the territorial government are eligible to have their application processed on a priority basis for permanent residency through Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). Final authority rests solely with CIC to issue permanent residency.

Applicants can be nominated for permanent residency under one of four program categories:

  • Skilled Worker
  • Critical Impact Worker (Service and Hospitality Sector Occupations)
  • Entrepreneur Business
  • Self-Employed Business

*Source: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/department/media/releases/2009/2009-08-05.asp

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