Business Visitor

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.