A business visitor is someone who comes to Canada for international business activities without directly entering the Canadian labour market. They do not need a work permit but will probably need a visitor visa or eTA.
Activities you may conduct as a business visitor include:
- buying Canadian goods or services for a foreign business or government;
- taking orders for goods or services;
- going to meetings, conferences, conventions or trade fairs;
- giving after-sales service (managing, not doing hands-on labour);
- being trained by a Canadian parent company that you work for outside Canada;
- training employees of a Canadian branch of a foreign company;
- being trained by a Canadian company that has sold you equipment or services
Under the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement, a U.S. or Mexican national may also participate in other activities, such as research, marketing and general services.