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What is a business visitor?

A business visitor is a person travelling to Canada on business:

  • For international business activities
  • Without directly entering the Canadian labour market

They can enter Canada without work authorization. Business travellers must demonstrate that their primary place of business and source of income are both outside of Canada.

If you work for a Canadian company, you aren’t regarded as a business visitor and could need to obtain a work permit. Consider the scenario where you are a worker hired by a foreign business to carry out a contract with a Canadian business.

Business travellers are distinct from business people. As a result of a free trade agreement, business people travel to Canada to work.

Travelling to Canada for business reasons?

Certain individuals may be eligible to enter Canada before even acquiring a work permit behind the International Mobility Program (IMP). Visits for a work event, infrastructure works, the after services are all examples of this.

The business visitor class lets those who want to come to Canada participate in meaningful business operations that aren’t directly competitive with the Canadian labor market enter the country relatively quickly. When compared to the procedures for acquiring a work visa, one of the major benefits of the business visitor exclusion is its accessibility.

The Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations offer a comprehensive description of ‘business visitors,’ which covers basic requirements, instances of business visitors, and the sorts of activities that are permissible.


There should not be any intention to work within Canada (no gainful employment in Canada)

The international worker’s task must be multinational in nature.

There is a perception that the employer is from another country:

The worker's main source of income is still from outside Canada.

The worker's employer's main office is situated from outside Canada.

The worker's employer's earnings are accumulated outside of Canada.

If they are not a US citizen, business travelers visiting Canada would need a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA).

Before submitting an application under this section, it is critical to analyze and comprehend the extent of permissible activities, as well as to provide the necessary supporting paperwork related to the objective of the visit.