Dance, exercise your way to Residency

Art, sport, exercise and dance have long been known as therapy, a cure for old, tired bones, an elixir for youth whether you are walking for exercise or running to fundraise. Now dance, art and sport can bring you permanent residency to Canada.


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Dance, exercise your way to Residency
Written by Crispin Aranda.
Posted on March 22, 2013

Dance your way to residency

As professionals in therapy and assessment belonging to Major Group 31 under the National Occupations Classification Code (NOC),

The NOC explains that this unit includes audiologists, speech language-pathologists and other “specialized therapists not elsewhere classified who use techniques such as athletic, movement, art or recreational therapy to aid in the treatment of mental and physical disabilities or injuries. “

In the Philippines and in most places, specialized therapists “are employed by establishments such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, extended health care facilities, clinics, recreational centers, nursing homes, industry, educational institutions and sports organizations, or they may work in private practice.”

To qualify for this position, you must be performing most of the functions as listed in the occupation under this NOC classification for at least a year and obtain 67 points minimum based on your age, education and English proficiency.  Bonus points may be earned if you have an English proficient spouse, a qualified relative in Canada or have studied or work in Canada for at least a year.

Main duties

Therapists and other professionals in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties: 

  • Assess patients and review reports from physicians, physiotherapists, psychiatrists, counsellors, teachers and other professionals to determine patients' current and potential functioning level
  • Prepare individualized and group treatment plans either independently or through a multidisciplinary team approach, based on health concerns and on recommendations from physicians or other health professionals
  • Design specialized therapy programs to maintain, rehabilitate or enhance movement, musculoskeletal functioning and performance in sports, work and recreation
  • Implement treatment plans by carrying out specialized therapy sessions employing approaches and techniques such as art, drama and music therapy or dance, recreational, sports or other movement therapy
  • Observe, record observations and analyze patients during treatment sessions, write progress reports on patient outcomes and consult with other health professionals to evaluate treatment plans
  • May provide education to clients regarding health promotion and injury prevention, management and treatment
  • May conduct research in respective field of specialization.

Employment requirements

  • Kinesiologists usually require a master's degree in kinesiology or human kinetics.
  • Certification for kinesiologists is available through the Canadian Kinesiology Alliance.
  • Sport therapists require a bachelor's degree in sport therapy, or a degree in health sciences with a specialization in sports injury management.
  • Art therapists require a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in art therapy.
  • Music therapists require a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in music therapy.
  • Dance therapists require a bachelor's degree in psychology, and usually require a master's degree in art, drama or movement therapy.
  • Recreational therapists usually require a bachelor's degree in recreation with a specialization in therapeutic recreation.
  • Supervised practical training is usually required for occupations in this unit group.
  • Creative or technical ability in the field of specialization is usually required.
  • Certification or membership with the appropriate national professional association or provincial counterpart may be required.   

Eligible Occupations

§  analyst, movement – medical

§  art therapist

§  art therapists' supervisor

§  art therapy consultant

§  art therapy teacher (except education)

§  athletic therapist

§  athletic trainer – therapy

§  biokineticist

§  CAT (certified athletic therapist)

§  certified athletic therapist (CAT)

§  certified kinesiologist

§  consultant, art therapy

§  dance therapist

§  dance therapists' supervisor

§  dance therapy researcher

§  dance-movement therapist

§  dance-movement therapy researcher

§  drama therapist

§  drama therapists' supervisor

§  DTR (registered dance therapist)

§  exercise physiologist

§  exercise therapist

§  human kineticist

§  kinanthropologist

§  kinesiologist

§  movement analyst – medical

§  movement therapist

§  music therapist

§  music therapists' supervisor

§  music therapy researcher

§  recreational therapist

§  registered dance therapist (DTR)

§  registered kinesiologist

§  remedial gymnast

§  remedial gymnastics teacher (except education)

§  remedial gymnasts' supervisor

§  remedial therapist

§  researcher, dance therapy

§  researcher, dance-movement therapy

§  researcher, music therapy

§  spontaneous art teacher – therapy

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About the Author

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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