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Youth Initiatives

Summer Company Program 
How it works
Through a program called Summer Company, you get:  
  • 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
 Who is eligible?
  • are between 15-29 years old
  • 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
Award Amount  
Maximum award: $3,000
Successful Summer Company applicants get:
  • up to $1,500 up front to help with start-up costs
  • up to $1,500 when you successfully complete the program requirements
Dates and Hours
Start date: usually May to July
End date: Labour Day (but you can choose to keep running your summer business while in school).
Over the summer program period, you must be prepared to commit:
  • a minimum of 280 hours for high school students
  • a minimum of 420 hours for post-secondary students
What kind of business?  
You can choose to start almost any type of business, as long as it:
  • is a sole proprietorship or corporation (where you are the majority shareholder)
  • is an independent business venture (not a part of an existing or family business)
  • qualifies as "self-employed" for income tax purposes
  • operates in Ontario on a full-time basis
  • follows government rules for operating a business 
For more information click here: Summer Company Program 

Starter Company Plus 
What you get  
Through Starter Company Plus, you can:
  • get one-on-one guidance from a Small Business Enterprise Centre advisor
  • participate in business workshops, seminars, or networking events (topics range from writing a business plan to budgeting to marketing campaigns)
  • talk to a mentor with experience in starting, expanding or buying a small business
You can also apply for a grant of up to $5,000.
These supports are available if you want to start a new company, expand an existing company or buy a business in Ontario.
Who can apply? 
You can apply if you're:
  • 18 years of age or older
  • an Ontario resident and Canadian citizen (or permanent resident)
  • not attending school full-time or returning to school
To qualify for a grant, you must be able to make a contribution in cash or in-kind. It has to be for at least 25% of the grant amount. 
For more information click here: Starter Company Plus  

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