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Cultural Activities

A foreign national who gained at least two years of work experience in the past five years as a self-employed in cultural activities, for athletics, or through managing a farm may be eligible to apply for permanent residence under the Self-Employed Persons Program.

Cultural activities include jobs that are generally considered to be a part of Canada’s cultural and artistic fields. For example:

  • Creative and performing artists.
  • Writers and authors.
  • Painters.
  • Musicians.
  • Sculptors and other visual artists.
  • Creative designers.
  • Technical support and other jobs in motion pictures sphere and
  • Craftspeople.

Five occupations in culture, art, sport, and recreation

Major Group 51

Professional occupations in art and culture

–         511 Librarians, archivists, conservators and curators
    • 5111 Librarians
    • 5112 Conservators and curators
    • 5113 Archivists
–         512 Writing, translating and related communications professionals
    • 5121 Authors and writers
    • 5122 Editors
    • 5123 Journalists
    • 5125 Translators, terminologists, and interpreters
–         513 Creative and performing artists
    • 5131 Producers, directors, choreographers and related occupations
    • 5132 Conductors, composers, and arrangers
    • 5133 Musicians and singers
    • 5134 Dancers
    • 5135 Actors and comedians
    • 5136 Painters, sculptors, and other visual artists

Major Group 52

Technical occupations in art, culture, recreation, and sport

–         521 Technical occupations in libraries, public archives, museums and art galleries
    • 5211 Library and public archive technicians
    • 5212 Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries
–         522 Photographers, graphic arts technicians and technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, and the performing arts
    • 5221 Photographers
    • 5222 Film and video camera operators
    • 5223 Graphic arts technicians
    • 5224 Broadcast technicians
    • 5225 Audio and video recording technicians
    • 5226 Other technical and co-ordinating occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, and the performing arts
    • 5227 Support occupations in motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and the performing arts
–         523 Announcers and other performers, n.e.c.
    • 5231 Announcers and other broadcasters
    • 5232 Other performers, n.e.c.
–         524 Creative designers and craftspersons
    • 5241 Graphic designers and illustrators
    • 5242 Interior designers and interior decorators
    • 5243 Theatre, fashion, exhibit and other creative designers
    • 5244 Artisans and craftspersons
    • 5245 Patternmakers – textile, leather and fur products
–         525 Athletes, coaches, referees and related occupations
    • 5251 Athletes
    • 5252 Coaches
    • 5253 Sports officials and referees
    • 5254 Program leaders and instructors in recreation, sport, and fitness

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