Company Program

Faire des élèves de 3e secondaire (9e année) à 1re année de cégep (12e année) les leaders de demain

According to a Gallop survey, 45 percent of pre-college students said they plan to start their own business, while 42 percent said they will invent something that changes the world.

However, most students don't learn the skills they need to successfully create a business in school.

Over a four-month period, JA’s Company Program teaches grade 9-12 students how to organize and operate a real business. Volunteers from the local business community work with students to launch and run a small enterprise. This gives students the real-world skills and experience that they need to achieve their dreams of becoming entrepreneurs.

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Seventy percent of Achievers indicate that participation in a JA program had a significant impact on their desire to be an entrepreneur.*

*The Boston Consulting Group (2011 report)


In this hands-on program, students learn the risks and rewards of starting a business and how to build positive relationships with the community. They will:

  • Solve real business challenges

  • Gather data, evaluate choices and create a plan

  • Learn how to incorporate their business

  • Capitalize by selling shares

  • Develop and market a product or service

  • Learn about teamwork, responsibility and business ethics

  • Appoint a management team that will best enable them to achieve their company’s mission

  • Maintain and analyze financial records

  • Set sales goals and make effective sales pitches

By the end of Company Program, students will understand how to run a successful business enterprise. This will give them confidence and empower them to become Canada’s future CEOs.

Download the Company Program Program Sheet

Use the links below for more information about getting involved with Company Program.

To check program availability for Charters outside of Ontario, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island, or for more information about Company Program, contact your local JA office.

Program availability
Central Ontario
London and District
Northern and Eastern Ontario
South Western Ontario
South Western Ontario
Waterloo Region
Prince Edward Island


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