At the Border

Border Wait Times

Information on border crossing wait times is available from:


Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA)  ; and


US Customs and Border Protection(CBP)





Information for Temporary Business Travellers to:

United States


To engage in commercial or professional activities, attend conferences, meetings or consultations. No remuneration may be received from a United States source.

Documents Required:

Evidence of identity and Canadian nationality, evidence of a residence in Canada and intent to depart the U.S., documentation describing the traveler’s business purpose, such as conference registration or meeting invitation.

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To attend meetings, conferences, conventions, workshops or trade fairs and usually stay in Canada not more than a few days or a few weeks. To be considered a business visitor you must show that:

  • you intend to stay for less than six months and do not plan to enter the Canadian labour market;
  • your main place of business and source of income is located outside Canada;
  • profits from your business will accrue outside Canada; and
  • you can provide documents that describe purpose of visit.

Documents Required

Canada’s basic entry requirements are you:

  • have a valid travel document, such as a passport;
  • have enough money for your stay and to return home;
  • plan to leave Canada at the end of your visit; and
  • do not pose criminal, security or health risks to Canadians.

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