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Jobs of the Future: Summer Company program expanded

Ontario adds a $1.5-million top up to the summer jobs program, meaning 250 more young people will be able to start a summer business
Young entrepreneur Malcolm Boczek (Dog kennel) poses for a photo with Mayor Paul Lefebvre at Tom Davies Square upon completing the Summer Company program in 2023.

Ontario’s Summer Company program helps young people live the dream of business ownership, by helping them get a summer job by starting their own business.

This year, the province announced that it has boosted the funding for the Summer Company program by $1.5 million, allowing 250 more young people to start a business this year.

Total funding for the Summer Company program is $4.7 million over the next two years.

“The program provides students between the ages of 15 and 29 with at least 12 hours of business training, one‐on‐one mentoring and grants up to $3,000 to start a full-time business,” said an Ontario Government news release on the expansion. “Over the past five years, the program, delivered through Small Business Enterprise Centres, has helped launch over 1,700 businesses across Ontario.”

Ontario’s 47 Small Business Enterprise Centres provide entrepreneurs access to advisors, programs and services, as well as learning opportunities for small business owners specific to their region.

Jobs of the Future is made possible by our Community Leaders Program.