Summer Company

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Run your own business this summer… and beyond!

For young people between 15 - 29 years old, Summer Company is a great opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills while making money! Start and run your own summer business with funding, advice and services provided by the government of Ontario and the Business Centre of Guelph-Wellington.

Next Program Intake: Now accepting applications for 2018 Summer Company program!


Program Details

If you’re accepted into the program, you’ll receive:

  • an award of up to $3,000
    • a first payment of up to $1,500 for start-up costs
    • a second payment of up to $1,500 once you’ve successfully completed the program
  • hands-on coaching
  • mentoring from business leaders in your community and from your program provider

You also get to keep any profits generated through the operation of your business.


Program Eligibility

You’re eligible to participate if you’re:

  • a student between 15 and 29 years old as of April 30, 2018 (a parent or guardian must sign the application for applicants under 18)
  • starting a new business (if you’re unsure, contact your program provider)
  • attending school and returning to school in the fall (this includes full-time, part-time, homeschooling, e-learning, distance learning, apprenticeships, trade schools, etc.)
  • 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 duration of the program
  • following the Canada Revenue Agency definition of being self-employed
  • able to work over the summer program period:
    • a minimum of 280 hours if you’re a high school student
    • a minimum of 420 hours if you’re a post-secondary student

We may approve exceptions.

You must meet all of the above requirements.

You’re not eligible if you’ve received funding from Summer Company in the past.


What our Students have to say 

Katie Costa - Linds and Kate

Adam Morris - Adam Morris Graphic Design

Get Started!

Applications for the 2018 Summer Company program will be available in January 2018.

For more information, contact Olga at 519-826-4701 or visit