Business travel to Canada is still thriving for many industry sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic despite all the hype surrounding Ottawa's air and land travel restrictions.

Immigrants coming to Canada under the Start-Up Visa Program to set up businesses and create jobs are still being welcomed with open arms. Under that program, 140 business people came to Canada and obtained their permanent residence in the first six months of 2020 alone.

But it's not just those starting up businesses that are welcome.

Business travellers - many of whom are foreign nationals seeking permanent residence in Canada through economic immigration programs - are able to travel to Canada to provide critical infrastructure support, economic services, supply chains, or any other activity considered essential by Ottawa.

Although COVID-19 travel restrictions have put a damper on immigration to Canada, economic immigration programs still allowed 65,830 foreign nationals to get their permanent residence in Canada during the first six months of 2020.

Under current travel restrictions, Ottawa makes a distinction between non-Canadian travellers arriving to Canada from the United States and those coming from countries other than the U.S.

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