Monday January 10th, 2022 | National

Contract: January - June 2022


JA Canada (JACAN) is looking for an Instructional Designer who is passionate about youth education to support the development of financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship programs and training courses.


JACAN is the national office for JA in Canada and a member of JA Worldwide. JACAN has been providing financial literacy, workplace readiness and entrepreneurship programs in partnership with the Canadian education system since 1955. Designed to inspire, prepare and help youth succeed, JA programs are delivered across Canada via a network of 14 offices across Canada to reach over 200,000 youth annually.


In pursuit of greater reach, relevance and impact, JA Canada is committed to digital transformation to leverage new technological resources and efficiencies while increasing potential reach via digital program accessibility. The JA Campus, launched in 2020, has more than 20 self-directed or facilitated learning experiences for teachers and students in grades 3-12. JACAN is committed to offering best in-class programming and is committed to increasing accessibility and reach across Canada.


The Instructional Designer will work in collaboration with the programs team to update and develop self-directed and facilitated courses and volunteer training. The ideal candidate will have experience designing learning content for youth and a background, or good understanding of grade 3-12 curriculum and education in Canada.


A summary of the projects for the Instructional Designer includes the following:

  • Review existing program content and enhance to increase and ensure an interactive and inclusive learning experience
  • Update and develop Volunteer training courses
  • Move program content onto Moodle as required
  • Develop teacher training courses
  • Assist in the development of framework to assess and report impact
  • Review and update learning outcomes to align with curriculum objectives
  • Develop new self-directed courses for Junior, Middle and High school students

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Minimum three years experience in education or youth-focused course design and development
  • Education background
  • Ability to understand written English and French
  • Competency working in Moodle
  • Competency working in WordPress
  • Working knowledge of HTML 4 & 5
  • Competency working with Articulate Storyline
  • Knowledge of iSpring Presenter is an asset

Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume with a cover letter that highlights alignment to the position qualifications to A portfolio of past work is considered an asset. The posting will remain open until a suitable candidate is secured.


JA Canada is committed to a diverse, inclusive, equitable and accessible environment where differences are valued and respected in all areas of our business. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. JA Canada will not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed (religion), sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, disability, age (18 and over), record of offenses for which a pardon has been granted, marital status (including same sex partners), family status (being in a parent-child relationship), or any other grounds prohibited by the Ontario Human Rights Code.


We thank all candidates for their interest in advance. Based on anticipated volume of applicants, we will only respond to successful applications. An offer of employment with JA Canada is conditional upon the successful completion of a background verification check, subject to applicable laws and regulations.

Wednesday December 22nd, 2021 | National
The JA Americas' 13th Annual Company of the Year Competition took place virtually this week from December 7-9th. The competition welcomed 21 student companies from 11 countries, including three Canadian JA student companies, who qualified to participate. The Canadian finalists included: We're delighted to share that MarketAngelo was named the winner of the JA Company of the Year and Elevate was selected as the 3rd place winner. Congratulations!

We're so proud of all the students, as they've all clearly demonstrated their accomplishments as part of the JA Company Program this past year.

As the JA Americas Company of the Year, MarketAngelo will join the top teams from JA Asia Pacific, JA Europe, JA USA, INJAZ Al-Arab JA MENA, and JA Africa in the second-annual de la Vega Global Entrepreneurship Award competition in early 2022. This is the first global award for JA Company Program student companies.

Wednesday May 19th, 2021 | National

JA National Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2021 National Award Winners:

  • Maya Bezubiak (JA Northern Alberta) - Evelyn Ruskin JA Corporate Awareness Scholarship Winner
  • Xiaoqi (Estelle) Pu (JABC) - Al Beech Award Winner
  • Nicolas Dostie (JA Quebec) - Seymour Schulich Entrepreneurship Scholarship Winner
Friday April 23rd, 2021 | National

Volunteers have been an integral partner of JA since our inception in 1955.  Whether teaching youth about financial literacy in classrooms or inspiring young entrepreneurs in corporate boardrooms across the country, volunteers have shared their experience and knowledge and set these youth on the path to success.

The pandemic has necessitated a change to JA’s program delivery model but volunteers remain vital partners.  Volunteers now may “zoom” into a classroom remotely to facilitate part of a program, speak about their career or participate in a Q&A session with students.  They may also provide a pre-recorded video that a teacher can use in the classroom as part of a JA program.  Or they may work with an entirely virtual team of students to guide them through Company Program.

An often-overlooked group of volunteers is JA’s governance volunteers – those who serve on Boards of Directors across the country.  These individuals give their time, talent and treasure to advance the mission of JA.  This has never been more important than in the past year as we’ve navigated through incredible change and uncertainty. 

As we look forward to some return to normalcy, volunteer engagement will continue to be an important element of JA’s programs and mission delivery.  We’re excited to continue with the new volunteer opportunities that have developed over the last year, as well as returning to in-person classroom involvement when it’s safe to do so.

To all of our volunteers - thank you for your continued commitment!


Monday April 19th, 2021 | National

JA Canada announces the recipients of the 2019 Royden Richardson National JA Volunteer Award

Toronto, ON – April 12, 2019 – JA Canada is pleased to announce Joanna Williams and Phil Lehn as the recipients of the 2019 Royden Richardson National JA Volunteer Awards. These awards honour volunteers who advance the goals of JA both locally and nationally.

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