A business visitor is someone who comes to Canada:
1. for international business activities
2. without directly entering the Canadian labour market
Examples of this include someone who comes to Canada:
- to meet people from companies doing business with their country;
- to observe site visits;
- because a Canadian company invited them for training in product use, sales, other business transaction functions
They don’t need a work permit to come to Canada. Business visitors must prove that their main source of income and their main place of business are outside Canada.
You aren’t considered a business visitor, and may need to get a work permit, if you’re doing work for a Canadian company. For example, you’re an employee sent by a foreign company to fulfill a contract with a Canadian company.