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Summer Company offers up to a $3000 grant and provides valuable training, mentoring, and coaching. To qualify for the program, you must be between the ages of 15-29 and attending school next year. 


The deadline to apply is May 19th!


Interested? Click here to apply!


Learn more about the program requirements, application process and eligibility.




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You could be eligible for Summer Company if you:

  • currently reside in Ontario, enrolled in full-time studies at a high school, college or university level
  • are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • are between 15-29 years old (if under 18: a parent needs to sign the application)
  • 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
  • you cannot apply again, if you have received a Summer Company grant in the past.


If you are on social assistance (Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program) you can still apply to Summer Company. Payments from the program may be exempt as income and assets under social assistance, so your monthly social assistance payment may not be affected.


Grant Amount

Maximum grant: $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

When money flows

It takes a minimum of 15 business days to process your first payment after we approve your application and you meet all the requirements.


Dates and hours

Start date: June 1st or completion of school
End date: Labour Day (but you can choose to keep running your summer business while in school)


You must be prepared to commit:

  • an average of 35 hours per week
  • a minimum of 8 weeks in a row for high school students (total 280 hours)
  • a minimum of 12 weeks in a row for post-secondary students (total 420 hours)

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

How to apply

For detailed instructions on how to apply to the Summer Company program. Check out the following link.


To prepare your application:

  • Check to see if you are eligible for the program
  • Contact the Waterloo Region local program provider, Ryan Neceski 519.741.2200 ext.7201 ryan.neceski@kitchener.ca

The deadline to apply is May 19th, 2018.





Check Out Our 2017 Participants! 


Abdullah Muni

Achol Lam

Ahmed Muni

Alex D'Oliveira

Andre Sousa Cordeiro

Andrew Scott Poulton

Anthony Feiyi Tan

Candace Bustard

Chris Begemann

Cole Martin

Daniel Moll

Elena Irina Opris 

Emannuelle Chan

Emma Bustard

Gregory Coates-Cameron

Hanne Kuhnert

Jacob Tutt

Johnathan Krech

Lauren Boutilier 

Martin Eret

Megan White

Michael Lu

Mitchel Atkins

Mohamed Amer Aboig

Nabil Ahmed

Nirushanth Mylvaganam


Rashari Duaan Somerville-Henry

Rhys Hillier 

Saad Mohammad Alam

Shane Kilpatrick

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Check Out Our 2017 Mentors Making A Difference!





Amir Solowiejczyk

Marc LeBlanc

Abid Junejo

Chris Edey

Allison Mitchell

Kirsten Doede 

David Truman

Enas Vazdekis

Ian Lochbihler

Steve Bentley

Maaike Van Hittersum

Debbie Fee

Gunther Kramer

Allan Smofsky

Andrejus Civilis

Kevin Sinclair

Mike Widdis

Mike Shanks

Tyrone Matheson

Neil Wright

Rob Matlow

Nathan Spaling

Shelley Bolger 

Janet Benedict

Kirsten Doede 

Rebecca Lomax 

Gary Brown














For more information about the Summer Company Program and how you can join, please contact: 

Ryan Neceski, Summer Company Program Assistant
519.741.2200 ext.7201 






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