Update: Summer Company 2021 applications are now closed. A special thank you goes out to all applicants.
Start Your Summer Like a Boss!
Summer Company is a key component of the Ontario government’s young entrepreneurs programs, which aims to encourage more young people to turn their talents into creative and innovative businesses. Summer Company provides hands-on, business training and mentoring, together with awards of up to $3,000 to help enterprising students start-up and run their own summer business.
Eligible candidates must be between 15-29 years of age, a student returning to school in the fall of 2021, a resident of Ontario, Canadian citizen or Landed Immigrant, and is not operating an existing business or employed full-time over the course of the summer. In addition, students must be prepared to commit a minimum of 8-12 consecutive weeks full-time to the experience.
How to Apply:
- Visit the Summer Company program provincial webpage and scroll down to the area “how to apply”.
- Click on the link “if you are eligible” and fill out the eligibility checklist.
- Once completed, if you qualify you will be asked if you want to apply. If you say yes, you will be taken to the application page.
- After the application is completed and submitted, you will be contacted by your local program provider.
- If you have any questions, call the HBC office at: (905) 540-6400 or email: email@example.com. 2021 application are now closed.
SUMMER COMPANY MEDIA
SUMMER COMPANY SUCCESS STORIES
Textiles by Emma
Emma’s interest in textiles began with an early interest in fashion and sewing. Growing up in a family rooted in the arts, Emma was surrounded by artists and makers that supported her artistic development.
A Textile Design major at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Emma sells her textiles online, as well as offers courses on how to work with textiles, such as weaving. After learning the technical side of her artistic practice, Summer Company helped Emma develop her business and entrepreneurial skills. Emma looks forward to continuing her business while in school and beyond graduation.
Dreaming of becoming an artist since childhood, Ailish found a voice for her internal musings in a visual way. Her business, Ailish Creates, offers affordable hand-printed cards and prints of her one-of-a-kind artwork.
The Summer Company program helped Ailish develop her business and entrepreneurial skills complementing her formal training as an artist. Mentorship played a huge role in Ailish’s Summer Company experience providing the opportunity to engage in discussions with professionals and entrepreneurs who genuinely wanted to see her succeed.
Iain’s interest in construction began in woodshop class. He loved the course and thought he could make a career out of it. This summer, Iain started Corbett Contracting, a deck and fence building company in Burlington, Ontario.
It was the mentoring and networking that really helped Iain make the most of his Summer Company experience – having the opportunity to pick the brains of a team of professionals was invaluable. Any entrepreneur will experience problems in their first year, Summer Company helped provide a support system to work through those problems. Being amongst like-minded people, Iain and his peers often talked about growing their businesses together and look forward to working with each other in the future.