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Summer Company Program

Grants to Ontario, Canada Students, Ages 15-29,
to Develop & Run A Business During the Summer

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Government of Ontario - Ministry of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

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Grants of up to $3,000 to Ontario, Canada students, ages 15-29, for business coaching and mentoring to start-up and run a summer business in Ontario. Applicants must contact a program provider. April 30 is the deadline for some program providers and some co-op students with special skills.

Eligible applicants are Canadian citizens and permanent residents who are Ontario residents currently in school and returning to school in the fall.

Almost any type of business is eligible, as long as it:
• Is a sole proprietorship or a corporation where the applicant will be the majority shareholder
• Is an independent business venture
• Is a new business, not previously registered or operated on an on-going basis
• Fits the Canada Revenue Agency definition of being self-employed (
• Operates at arm’s length from family business ventures
• Operates in Ontario
• Operates full-time as defined in the business plan
• Follows government rules and regulations for operating a business

NOTE: Online businesses are acceptable, but there must be face-to-face opportunities to market and sell your product.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154173

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $3,000.

Term of Contract:

You may decide to continue your business while in school; however, for Summer Company administration purposes, businesses end before Labor Day.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

You are eligible for Summer Company if you are:
• A student 15 to 29 years of age as of April 30, 2015 (Note: applicants under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign the application).
• Starting a new business (if you are unsure, contact your program provider)
• Attending school and returning to school in the fall
• A resident of Ontario
• A Canadian citizen or a permanent resident
• Not working at another job or attending school for more than 12 hours per week during the term of the Summer Company program.
• Can commit to an average of 35 hours a week, for a minimum of 8 consecutive weeks if you are in high school or 12 consecutive weeks if you are attending post-secondary school. Exceptions may be approved by the ministry.

You are not eligible for Summer Company if you are a past recipient of a Summer Company Award.

Pre-Application Information:

April 30, 2015 is the early deadline for:
- Some local program providers. Students will be informed by their program provider when preparing their application.
- Specialist High Skills Major co-op students, who must submit their full application by April 30, 2015.

Contact a local program provider for help with your application.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Toll Free Phone: 1-888-745-8888
Fax: 416-325-6538

Local program providers: :

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario