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.
Who Can Apply?
Questions you’ll be asked to answer to confirm your eligibility:
- Will you be between the ages of 15 – 29 by April 30, 2021?
- Are you a student returning to school in the fall of 2021?
- 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?
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:
- Home Projects/Repairs
- Pet Care
- Artisan Crafts Retailer
- Landscaper & Lawn Maintenance
- Freelance Photographer
- Jewellery Artist
- Food Preparation
How To Apply
We encourage interested students to apply early, as spaces are limited.
Applications for the 2021 Season are now closed. Applications for Summer 2022 will be accepted beginning in October 2021
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