Is there a cost?

Thanks to our corporate sponsors and volunteers, we are able to provide the Company Program to students at no cost! All of the resources that are required are also provided. Note that transportation to/from the program location, as well as food/drink, are the sole responsibility of the student.

Are my parents allowed to come to meetings?

Unfortunately parents are not allowed to come to meetings. Meetings are dedicated to working on your ideas and projects. We at JA Central Ontario want students to fully participate on their own and get the most out of the learning experience possible.


While parents/guardians cannot stay for meetings they definitely can come in and meet your Advisors at your first meeting – either when dropping you off or picking you up. Parents are also welcome at our Trade Show and at ventureON.

Can I bring my friends to a meeting?

If there is still room at the location you’re participating in we encourage you to get your friends to register for it online. Only students who have registered online can attend meetings.

What if I am not interested in business? Is this program for me?

Just like any other business, your team will need to have students with differentiated skills in order to succeed. Your company will need people focused on the business operations, but will also need a creative team to create a marketing campaign and to design product packaging, and a STEM team to develop your product.


No matter what you are deciding to go into after high school, Company Program provides you with skills you can take into any job. You will definitely benefit from the presentation, team work, leadership, problem solving and communication skills you will gain from participating in the program. 

What if I don’t know anyone?

Don’t let that discourage you! At JA Central Ontario we try to create a friendly and accommodating environment for all Achievers. We want everyone to feel welcome and encourage strong participation from all our students. During your time at Company Program you will have plenty of opportunities to meet and build strong relationships with your colleagues.

Is there a dress code?

Once the company has formed the team can decide on the dress code together. For the first meeting we encourage students to dress appropriately and to keep in mind they will be meeting their volunteer Advising team for the first time! You’ll want to make a good first impression on these business professionals!

Am I able to change companies?

Starting the 2nd week of the program students are locked into their location. Unfortunately no changes can be made other than in situations of extreme circumstance.

What happens if I miss a day?

Attendance is required for Company Program. If you do miss a day it should be for an excused absence. If you are going to miss a day please inform the Lead Advisor. If you do have three unexcused absences you may be removed from the program.

Can I arrive late/early? Can I leave early?

All students are expected to attend meetings during regular scheduled times, how else are you supposed to work with your peers to create a successful company?! Exceptions can be made on extreme circumstances by our volunteer Advisors.

Who’s there to support me?

During your time at Company Program you will always have the support of our volunteers. Our volunteers are working and experienced professionals in the local business community. They are always available for questions and will be able to provide you with the support you need. You can also contact JA Central Ontario at companyprogram@jacentralontario.org


Do I get volunteer hours for participating?

Unfortunately you won’t be getting any volunteer hours for participating in Company Program. However, JA does offer a variety of opportunities for you to volunteer and network at JA Central Ontario events!

Are there awards/scholarships?

At the conclusion of the Company Program, students are nominated for various awards (both individual & group) and scholarships, are interviewed, and are recognized at the annual Company Program Awards ceremony, called ventureON, in May. Individual scholarship winners are invited to attend the Next Generation Leaders Forum in August.