NWT Nominee Program increasingly important to meet demand of labour

At least 28,000 jobs will open in the Northwest Territories within the next 15 years, thanks mostly to the territory's aging population.

A report from the Conference Board of Canada says filling those positions will be a challenge for the N.W.T. On June 30, the Government of the Northwest Territories released a new immigration plan to help address the territory's potential labour shortage.

"The strategy will serve as a blueprint for a territorial approach to optimizing immigration programs in the N.W.T. over the next five years," stated Alfred Moses, minister of Education, Culture and Employment.

The five-year strategy is to beef up the existing immigrant nominee program to encourage foreign nationals to settle in the territory, help increase the population, and fill jobs or create new ones. The plan also includes a focus on bringing more francophone immigrants into the nominee program.


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