Our Business World

Inspiring Grade 5-6 Students to Become Canada’s Next Entrepreneurs

Students are often taught that success means “getting a good job” after graduation. Many are not aware that launching a business is a viable career option that can bring them amazing opportunities. 

However, starting a business is not a career option that most children are encouraged to consider.

In JA’s Our Business World program, elementary students explore how businesses are created and what makes them thrive. Using games and multimedia, students learn about innovation, start-ups and self-employment.

How We Achieve

Nos anciens participants sont 50 % plus nombreux à créer leur propre entreprise, ce qui stimule l’innovation tout en créant de nouveaux emplois et de la richesse.

*Le Boston Consulting Group (2011 rapport)


Volunteers from local businesses provide students with a first-hand look at how business supports the community. During this interactive, in-class program students will:

  • Learn why businesses are created and how they change

  • Explore where customers come from and how to keep them

  • Discuss how business contributes to the well-being of a community

  • Recognize that businesses can impact the environment in both positive and negative ways

  • Learn about the history of some Canadian businesses and how they’ve changed over time

  • Understand of the importance of innovation

  • Describe what makes an entrepreneur innovative

By the end of this program, students will see the power of the entrepreneurial spirit in Canada. This will inspire them to ask, “Do I have what it takes to become an entrepreneur?”

Download the Our Business World Program Sheet


Use the links below for more information about getting involved with Our Business World.

To check program availability for Charters outside of Ontario, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island, or for more information about Our Business World, 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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Our mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.