Through a program called Summer Company, you can get two things:
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, invoicing, bookkeeping, customer relationship, management — these are just a few of the highly useful skills you will develop.
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 needs to sign the application)
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.