Helping students launch their own Summer Company

The Halton Region Small Business Centre (SBC) has the tools and resources to help small businesses and entrepreneurs, including youth, succeed. This supports not only our small business community, but also helps grow the regional economy which is one of our strategic priorities.

Entrepreneurship plays a critical role in innovation and job creation, and by providing entrepreneurship programs for youth, Halton is giving the next generation the tools and guidance they need to bring their business ideas to life. A great example of our supports is the Summer Company Program which provides hands-on business training and mentorship to help enterprising students between the ages of 15-29 start and run their own summer business.

Summer Company is an annual Ontario Government initiative for youth entrepreneurship and employment that is coordinated locally through the SBC. This spring, successful applicants can receive up to $1,500 to help with business start-up costs, and in the fall, can receive an additional $1,500 upon successful completion of their Summer Company experience.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 6, 2016. This is a competitive program, so I encourage students to complete their application as early as possible. In order to qualify for the program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • currently attending high school, college or university in Ontario;
  • currently living in Ontario;
  • not currently running a business; and
  • not working another job or going to school for more than 12 hours a week during the summer program.

For a complete list of program requirements or to apply online, visit the Summer Company website at

Supporting a healthy and sustainable economy continues to be a top priority for Regional Council, and entrepreneurship plays a critical role in economic growth. By giving our youth access to quality program and services, we ensure that in the future Halton will remains a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

If you have any questions about the application process or require assistance in completing the application, including preparing a business plan, please visit or dial 311.

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