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Summer Company Program

May 1 @ 9:00 am - September 1 @ 5:00 pm

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Next summer, work for the best boss ever . . . you! Each summer Enterprise Toronto delivers “Summer Company”, a program designed to foster the entrepreneurial spirit in students 15 to 29 years of age and are returning to school in the fall.

In place of a summer job, students have the opportunity to be their own boss. All that’s required is a good summer company idea, commitment and hard work.

In return, students receive hands-on business training from successful business people, financial support with awards up to $3,000 and the opportunity to find out if they have what it takes to be an entrepreneur.

Students must be planning on returning to school in the fall and will be required to submit a detailed business plan for approval. It’s a great opportunity for students to develop their entrepreneurial skills and make money at the same time.

The possibilities for starting a company are endless. Summer Company helps you take your ideas and make them a reality. Student jobs don’t have to be boring: be your own boss and gain valuable business experience that will last you a lifetime.

How it works

Through a program called Summer Company, you can get:

  • start-up money to kick-off a new summer business
  • advice and mentorship from local business leaders to help get the business up and running

Learning how to run your own student business is one of the best summer jobs you can have. You get to be your own boss while learning what it takes to manage a business. Sales, marketing, bookkeeping, customer relationship management and networking are just a few of the highly useful skills you’ll develop.

Who is eligible

You could be eligible, if you:

  • go to high school, college or university
  • live in Ontario
  • are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • are between 15-29 years old (if under 18: a parent or guardian must sign the agreement for the applicant)
  • are not already running a business
  • are not working at another job or going to school for more than 12 hours a week during the program
  • are returning to school after the program ends

You cannot apply again, if you have received a Summer Company grant in the past.

If you are on social assistance (Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program) you can still apply to Summer Company. Payments from the program may be exempt as income and assets under social assistance, so your monthly social assistance payment may not be affected.

Call your local Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program office for more information.

Award amount

Maximum award: $3,000
Successful Summer Company applicants get:

  • up to $1,500 up front to help with start-up costs
  • up to $1,500 when you successfully complete the program requirements

Dates and hours

Start date: usually May to July.
End date: Labour Day (but you can choose to keep running your summer business while in school).

Over the summer program period, you must be prepared to commit:

  • a minimum of 280 hours for high school students
  • a minimum of 420 hours for post-secondary students


May 1 @ 9:00 am
September 1 @ 5:00 pm
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