The “Strengthening the Canada-ASEAN Connection: Business Mobility” report is a collaboration between the Canada-ASEAN Business Council (CABC) and the University of British Columbia (UBC), with the support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

The relationship between Canada and the ASEAN region is rapidly growing in importance, as both sides recognize the opportunities that emerge from closer cooperation and greater economic integration. In light of shifting global trade patterns, Canada is looking for opportunities to expand and diversify its economic ties beyond its traditional trading partners, and the ASEAN region offers extensive potential for Canadian businesses.

As more research focuses on this economic relationship, certain challenges to conducting business have come to light, including business mobility, which has been identified by Canadian businesses operating in the ASEAN region as one of the barriers that hinders Canada’s trade diversification and economic connectivity with the ASEAN region. However, there has not been a formal capture of the full nature and extent of the problem.

As such, this report aims to:

  • Understand the two-way mobility challenges that businesspeople encounter when traveling between Canada and the ten ASEAN member countries, namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam
  • Provide insight on current visa regulations and visa accessibility for business travel between Canada and each ASEAN country by looking into barriers relating to obtaining business visas and work permits
  • Offer policy recommendations to policy makers on how to improve the business mobility and thus the Canada-ASEAN connection

Read the full report here.