CPTPP Business Visitors to Canada

Last updated: 16 October 2020

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) grants specified business visitors entry to Canada of up to six months duration without a work permit.

Business Visitors are business persons for whom:

  • The primary source of income for the work conducted in Canada comes from outside Canada; and
  • The business they represent is based outside Canada and its profits predominantly accrue outside Canada.
CPTPP Canada Business Visitor Visa

Business visitors covered by the CPTPP are allowed to undertake the following business activities in Canada:

Meetings and Consultations

Business persons attending meetings, seminars or conferences, or engaged in consultations with business associates.

Research and Design

Technical, scientific and statistical researchers conducting independent research or research for an enterprise based in a CPTPP signatory other than Canada.

Manufacture and Production

Purchasing and production management personnel conducting commercial transactions for an enterprise based in a CPTPP signatory other than Canada.

Marketing

Market researchers and analysts conducting independent research or analysis or research or analysis for an enterprise based in a CPTPP signatory other than Canada.

Trade-fair and promotional personnel attending a trade convention.

Sales

Sales representatives and agents taking orders or negotiating contracts for goods or services for an enterprise but not delivering goods or providing services.

Buyers purchasing for an enterprise based in a CPTPP signatory other than Canada.

Distribution

Transportation operators transporting goods or passengers to Canada or loading and transporting goods or passengers from Canada, with no unloading in Canada, to the territory of a CPTPP signatory.

After-Sales or After-Lease Service

*Only available to citizens of Australia, Mexico and New Zealand

Installers, repair and maintenance personnel, and supervisors, possessing specialised knowledge essential to a seller's or lessor’s contractual obligation, performing services or training workers to perform services, pursuant to a warranty or other service contract incidental to the sale or lease of commercial or industrial equipment or machinery, including computer software, purchased or leased from an enterprise based in a CPTPP signatory other than Canada, during the life of the warranty or service agreement.

General Service

Professionals engaging in a business activity at a professional or technical level as set out under the CPTPP’s provisions for Professionals and Technicians.

Management and supervisory personnel engaging in a commercial transaction for an enterprise based in a CPTPP signatory other than Canada.

Financial services personnel (insurers, bankers or investment brokers) engaging in commercial transactions for an enterprise based in a CPTPP signatory other than Canada.

Tourism personnel (tour and travel agents, tour guides or tour operators) attending or participating in conventions or conducting a tour that began in a CPTPP signatory.

Translators or interpreters performing services as employees of an enterprise based in a CPTPP signatory other than Canada.

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