There are a number of reasons why an individual may come to Canada as a business visitor, including:
Attending business meetings, conferences, conventions, fairs, etc
Buying Canadian goods or services on behalf of a foreign entity
Taking orders for goods or 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
The Business Visitor category facilitates entry for individuals (without a work permit) who engage in business or trade activities in Canada but will not enter the Canadian labour market. Individuals who plan to enter the Canadian labour market may require a Temporary Work Permit. In addition, a Business Visitor may still require a Temporary Resident Visa or an eTA (electronic Travel Authorization) to enter Canada on a temporary basis.
There are a number of subdivisions under this category, but all business visitors must meet the following general criteria:
When traveling to Canada, a business visitors should be prepared to present immigration officials with documentation that attests to their desired status in Canada. This documentation will vary on a case-by-case basis. Often, items such as a letter of support from a parent company or letter of invitation from a Canadian company can help to bolster one’s likelihood of acceptance as a business visitor.