COVID-19: Summer Company Program Announcement

The Summer Company Program remains available and open for applications this year. However, the program will be delivered in a way that meets the mandated business changes of the Government of Ontario and the recommendations of Public Health Ontario and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

As Such, all student businesses that do not have direct interaction to clients will be considered. Such business may include:

  • on-line instruction such as English language tutoring and other online product offerings

Once the “stay at home” restrictions have been eased, and if program timelines allow, other examples of acceptable summer ventures may include:

  • lawn care with electronic payment, etc. and other outdoor services such as exterior painting, window cleaning etc.

The London Small Business Centre is focused on responding to the needs of student entrepreneurs and will provide the program via virtual means while still adhering to the general mandate of the program.                  

We look forward to receiving your application!

- Small Business Centre

Program Description

Through the Summer Company program, you can get start-up money to kick-off a new summer business, along with advice and mentorship from local business leaders to help get the business up and running.

Eligible participants receive up to $1500 in start-up funds and business coaching from the Small Business Centre Advisors throughout the summer.  Students who complete the program and meet all of the requirements receive an additional $1500 when they return to school.

A limited number of spaces are available each year and the application process is competitive. Interested students are encouraged to visit the Summer Company website for additional information and to begin the application process.

To complete the application process students must submit a business plan. Small Business Centre Advisors are available to assist eligible students in preparing their plans.

Applicants Must Meet the Following Criteria

  • Be between 15 and 29 years old, currently a student and returning to school in the fall (proof of enrollment required)

  • Propose a new business separate from any current family businesses

  • Prepare a business plan that shows the business can successfully launch and operate this summer

  • Invest 35 hours a week to operating the business for a minimum of 8 -12 consecutive weeks

  • Be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant residing in Ontario

  • Agree to follow government rules and regulations for operating a business

The Ontario Summer Company is administered by the Small Business Centre in partnership with the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade