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:
Reasons for coming to Canada as a business visitor may include:
Please note: Individuals who wish to enter the Canadian labor market will need to obtain a Work Permit prior to entering Canada.