A business visitor is a foreign national who comes to Canada to participate in international business activities, but will not enter the Canadian labor market. In most cases, business visitors to Canada do not need a Work Permit. However, business visitors from countries requiring a Temporary Resident Visa to enter Canada will need to obtain it before traveling to Canada. Canada’s thriving economy attracts thousands of short-term business visitors each year. As one of the world’s largest economies and a member of G 7 and of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), as well as a signatory to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canada encourages international business visitors to come to Canada on business trips. Many business visitors can enter Canada to conduct business or trade activities without the work permit, subject to the nature of work and the individual’s nationality.

If you are planning to come to Canada as a business visitor, you will need to demonstrate that:

you intend to stay in Canada for a short period, typically less than 6 months;
you do not intend to enter the Canadian labor market in any way;
your main place of business and source of income is located outside of Canada;
all the profits from your business are made outside of Canada;
you meet standard Canadian entry requirements.

Reasons for coming to Canada as a business visitor may include:

attending business meetings, conferences, conventions, fairs, etc.;
buying Canadian goods or services on behalf of a foreign entity;
taking orders for goods and services;
providing after sales service, excluding hands-on work in the construction trades;
being trained by a Canadian parent company for work outside of Canada;
training employees of a Canadian subsidiary of a foreign company.


Please note: Individuals who wish to enter the Canadian labor market will need to obtain a Work Permit prior to entering Canada.