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Summer Company

Summer Company

Summer Company is the Government of Ontario’s flagship youth entrepreneurship program. It provides enterprising young people aged 15-29 with the opportunity to start and run their own summer businesses.

You could be eligible, if you:

  • go to high school, college or university
  • live in Ontario
  • 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.

Start date: usually June or July.
End date: Labour Day (but you can choose to keep running your summer business while in school).

Over the summer program period, you must be prepared to commit:

  • a minimum of 280 hours for high school students
  • a minimum of 420 hours for post-secondary students

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

If you are accepted into the program, you will receive an award of up to $3,000, hands-on business coaching, and mentoring from local community business leaders who will work with you to make your Summer Company a reality.

For more information and to apply, visit

2017 Summer Company Participants

Sierra Boire
Rose River
Pesticide and GMO free succulent plants in upcycled pots

Grace Francis
Constructive Multimedia
(807)633-7055 |

Caleb Garrow-Ledoux
Caleb's Lawn Care
Lawn and yard maintenance

Jordan Kelly
Kelly Construction
Landscaping and construction
(807)631-8429 |

Matthew O’Reilly
O’Reilly Fine Arts
Ceramic and painting
(807)633-8068 |

Erik Tillberg and Andrew Austin
Ride sharing application
(807)621-2932 | |

Tyler Lesschaeve
True View Property Services
Lawn and window cleaning services
(807)620-4568 |

Cameron Murray
Murray’s Eco-Friendly Yard Maintenance
Lawn and yard services
(807)622-5151 |

Robert Haynes
Blue Truck Pizza
Mobile Pizza Stand

Justin Nadon
Justicks Thunder Bay
Refurbishing and restoring hockey sticks
(807)356-2929 |

Marco Palermo
Marco’s Mowing
Lawn and yard services
(807)630-4027 |

Thomas Veneruz
Grass Master
Lawncare and yard services
(807)631-2946 |

Keander Smith
Keanders Custom Carpentry
Building and selling custom furniture
(807)633-4384 |

Madison Steadwell
Tribal Change
Eco friendly and ethical t-shirts

Carly Schultz
Luminary heART
Original artwork through painted canvas (807)631-9354

Brandon Rodeghiero
Royal Wizards Production

Meet the 2017 Summer Company participants at the Staples Summer Company Youth Entrepreneurship Day Tradeshow - Wednesday July 5th from 11am to 2pm at Staples Thunder Bay.

2016 Summer Company Participants

Tracy Barry
The Nest Studio
Created works of art

Website | Facebook

Jordan Bellinger
Superior Northshore Designs
Custom 3-D carving


Mary Black
Northern Wildflowers
Handmade Quilts


Stevie Anne Clark
Full Plate Prep
Health meal preparation

Website | Facebook

Marc Degagne
Degagne Lawn Care


Christina Foresto
Clean Sweep
Professional home organization


Christopher Krasnichuk
Innovative Circuit Development
Idea and circuit concept development


Lahama Naeem
Henna Harmony
Henna tattooing


Aja Mayor
Upcycle Furniture
Furniture refurbishing


Dustin Miller
Dustin’s Lawncare Service

Adam Poulter
Superior Student Lawn & Home
Lawn and homecare services


Kyle Salmon
Salmon Summer Lawn Care Service
Lawncare (Nipigon, Red Rock, and Lake Helen)


Ashley Whistle
Ashley’s Little Rabbitry
Rabbit petting zoo




2015 Summer Company Participants

Zach Adams
Zach’s Yard Maintenance

Alexa Bohemier
AB Creative Designs
Original artistic clothing

Bisma Iqbal
Bisma’s Photography
Family photography and promotional videos

Colin Maronese
Edge Coating
Powder coating

Casey McFadyen
Casey Mathematics
Online and in-person math tutoring

Spencer Rideout
Rideout’s Tackle
Hand-made fishing lures

Justin Sauer
Justin’s Lawn & Snow
Lawncare including fertilizing, seeding, and grass cutting

Anirudh Shahi
Flying Birdie Badminton Camp
Badminton camp

Teagan Smeltzer
Hello Wreaths
Unique hand-crafted wreaths

Dalton Sparks
Iron Giant Strength & Conditioning
Personal training and strength coaching

Stephanie St. Jacques
Apiculturalist – natural beauty products made with beeswax



2014 Summer Company Participants

Cory Bagdon
Port Arthur Woodcraft
Fine furniture and custom cabinets

Shannon Dobson
Unleashed Photography
Pet photography

Frank Felice
Evergreen Landscaping
Lawncare and landscaping

Gillian House
A + G Sealing
Driveway sealing and maintenance

Ryan Keleher
Northern Professional Research Company
Research and project management for companies serving the legal industry

Jordan Kelso
Yellow Jacket Lot Maintenance
Sweeping and lawn maintenance

Anthony Laudone
Onsite computer repairs

Josh McGeown
Salus Strength and Weight Management
Exercise and lifestyle counselling

Keenan Mihalcin
Sunny Slopes Exterior Maintenance

Jessica Puddicombe
JNoel Art
Original paintings and art classes

Tamara Spence
Sleeping Giant Corals
Coral propagation of colourful and healthy SPS, LPS, Zoanthids and soft corals

Melissa Tempelman
Bee Well Chocolate
Chocolate made with healthy and local ingredients

Richard Wirkkunen
Ice Age Games
Gaming singles and gaming accessories

Victor Xiao
Lakehead Piano
Keyboarding lessons for beginners