JA’s Company Program is an experience like no other! Join a group of like-minded high school students to start and run a business, make some amazing friends, and learn all about the world of work.

In this 18 week after school program, you will create and manage a business that matters to you, with the help of a student group and volunteer mentors.

Together with your team, you will discover the fascinating, dynamic world of entrepreneurship. From setting up a business, creating your own product and promoting your company, to learning teamwork, creativity and networking – you’ll develop all the skills you need to plan your exciting future.

How does it work? 

Company Program is a free and inclusive opportunity for students in grades 9-12 across Central Ontario. Generous corporate partners throughout the community not only provide the funding for the program but also – and most importantly – employees from their organization also act as volunteer mentors to shape and support your journey (referred to as Advisors).
You will join a group of like-minded students who will, under the guidance of expert Advisors, create, manage, and liquidate a business in 18 weeks. You will use real money, real products, and have real customers. 

Company Program gives student participants important real-world experience; helping to build their confidence and pushing them to go beyond what they think is possible.



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In Company Program you will not only learn how to run a business, but will also meet new friends, connect with mentors, network with professionals and gain skills and experience to help you land your first job in the career you decide to pursue.

Company Program Awards

Every year, JA Central Ontario recognizes outstanding Company Program students through individual and group awards. Students are nominated for various awards and the winners are recognized at the virtual ventureON celebration in May.

JA Canada National Awards & Scholarships

JA Canada awards up to $5,000 in scholarships and awards to participants of JA programs.

For more information on JA Canada Awards & Scholarships click here.

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In addition to the 18-week after school program, students participating in the company program have the opportunity to attend some of our virtual events.

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Virtual Orientation


Virtual Orientation is JA Central Ontario's kick off event for Company Program.  It is an opportunity for all students to learn about Company Program before meeting their teams and to get students excited for the upcoming year. Students will also have an opportunity to ask questions. Parents are welcomed to this session as well. 

Virtual Student Management Training (SMT)


At virtual Student Management Training all students are invited to learn more about departmental roles and responsibilities. Training will also focus on development in the areas of leadership, communication, problem solving, conflict management and teamwork. During the event student will have the opportunity to ask questions to alumni, advisors and industry experts. 

Virtual JA Central Ontario Governors' Fundraising Event


Each year JA Central Ontario brings together business professionals representing over 55 corporations along with select Company Program Achievers at the annual Governors' Fundraising Event. The event celebrates the impact made as a result of the combined efforts of JA's stakeholders. Student representatives are selected to attend the event where they will have the opportunity to network with corporate partners.

​​​​Trade Show


JA Central Ontario's Company Program Trade Show is an opportunity for teams to showcase and sell their Company Program products.  Students will create a sales pitch to highlight their product and help generate sales. 

Interview Night


Students who have been selected as finalists based on their written nominations will have the opportunity to present their case as to why they should be award recipients to a panel of industry professionals who act as our judges. Interview Night scores are combined with nomination scores to determine the winners.

Virtual ventureON Celebration


The JA Central Ontario Company Program virtual ventureON Celebration brings together student Achievers, volunteer Advisors, sponsors, parents & other special guests to celebrate the 18-week Company Program experience. Companies, individuals, and advisors are recognized at the ceremony for the hard work and dedication they have put into the program.