Since 1919, JA Company Program has taken students step-by-step through a process that works. Students partner with volunteer mentors and a group of 10-20 students to develop a business from start to finish. 


During their JA journey they will grow their leadership skills, identify business opportunities, set goals, produce a business plan, create a marketing strategy, launch a product, sell to customers and report to shareholders. 

Any student across Central Ontario from Grades 9-12 can register for our free entrepreneurial after-school program. Please note, although there is no application process - spots in programs are first come, first serve so we encourage students to register early to get their preferred location choices.

Programs begin in November and run for 18 weeks.

In 2020/2021, the JA Company Program will be run virtually! Learn more about the virtual program here.


"Junior Achievement has allowed me to find my career and given me opportunities to pursue it. Although you are an entrepreneur, you don’t necessarily have to be going into business. I myself will be doing Mechatronics engineering."

Parth Sareen, JA Achiever


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.


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 the skills and experience to help land your first job in the career you want to pursue.

In 2020/2021, the program will be run in a virtual format. Students will have the incredible opportunity to learn how to run a digital business and use online collaboration tools that are important in today's digital world.

Learn more about the virtual format here.



The program runs for 18 weeks from mid-November to mid-April and breaks for holidays in December and exams in January.

Students meet with their teams online each week for 1-2 hours in the evening. There will also be working time and mentor calls throughout the week. 

We ask that students commit to attending at least 80% of the program meetings. If you are unable to do so without an excused absence, you may be asked to leave the program.



Company Program is a free program open to all high school students - no application process is required!

Discover additional Company Program benefits by click on the links below.



  1. Click on the Blue Register button

  2. Select your virtual program

  3. Enter your personal information

  4. You're done! Now wait for your advisors to contact you before your first virtual meeting in November with additional details

Things to Note:

  • Registration opens in September on a first come, first served basis.



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.

Are my parents allowed to come to meetings?

Unfortunately parents are not allowed to attend online 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 as possible. While parents/guardians cannot stay for meetings they definitely can come in and meet your Advisors at your first meeting. Parents are also welcome at our virtual orientation, online Trade Show and at virtual 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 your product, 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!

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 your advisors. 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

Do I get volunteer hours for participating?

Unfortunately you won’t receive volunteer hours for participating in Company Program.

How does virtual Company Program work?

Learn more about the virtual program here.