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The general program deadline for applications is May 17, 2024.

There may be an earlier deadline for:

  • some local program providers – students will be informed by their program provider when preparing their application
  • specialist High Skills Major co-op students: May 17, 2024

More information on Summer Company: Summer Company Presentation 

Summer Company is a unique program designed by the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment to engage, inspire and inform the youth of Ontario and to help young entrepreneurs prosper. By providing a chance to create their own small businesses, Summer Company allows students to take charge as their own boss, helping them to develop business skills early in life. The program appeals to creative, motivated youth because it could lead to personal growth and profit.


Questions you’ll be asked to answer to confirm your eligibility:

  • Will you be between the ages of 15 – 29 by April 30, 2024
  • Are you a student returning to school in the fall of 2024
  • Are you a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident living in Ontario?
  • Are you starting a new business?
  • Do you plan to operate your (Summer Company) business in Ontario?
  • Have you received a previous Summer Company award?
  • Will you be employed elsewhere working or attending school more than 12 hours per week during the duration of the program?
  • Are you planning to operate your Summer Company business as a partnership?
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Participants are ambitious, smart and free thinking young Ontarians, eager to take the journey of experience and exploration as entrepreneurs.

  • Ages 15 to 29
  • Returning to school in the fall
  • City/town/rural residents of all Ontario regions
  • Attending High School, College or University

A list of successful Summer Company businesses have included:

  • Baler Bob Custom Work
  • Swish School
  • Qu’Aura’s Crystals
  • Armstrong Stump grinding and Hedge Removal
  • Branch Campfire Kits
  • Ole Sugar Barn Ice cream Shop
  • Hominin Clothing
  • VTA Computer Cstoms
  • Done Right Clean Up
  • and many more!


The Summer Company program has an application system operated by the provincial government. In apply to enter this program please complete the following.

  • Check to see if you’re eligible for the program
  • Complete the online application inquiry
  • Select your local program provider
  • Assign yourself a password
  • Submit your application inquiry

We encourage interested students to apply early, as spaces are limited. Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions.