Summer Company Program

Be Your Own Boss!

Summer Company - Put your passion to work.

About the Summer Company Program

The Summer Company program is an entrepreneurship program for students ages 15 to 29 that provides funding up to $3,000 as well as hands-on training and mentoring to start and run a company over the summer.

"After being in the Summer Company program, we definitely see entrepreneurship as a career choice. [Through the program] we were able to see such a variety of business owners, passions, skills and talents. The Summer Company program, alongside YSpace, has truly shown us that with such an amazing community supporting you, anything is possible." — Ashley Man, Co-founder of Trophy Wives (Summer Company 2021)


  • Go to high school, college or university
  • Live in Markham, Ontario
  • Are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Are between 15-29 years old (if under 18: a parent or guardian must sign the agreement for the applicant)
  • Are not already running a business
  • Are returning to school after the program ends
  • Following the Canada Revenue Agency definition of being self-employed
  • Are not working at another job or going to school for more than 12 hours a week during the program
  • 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 cannot apply again, if you have received a Summer Company grant in the past.

How to Apply

  1. Review the eligibility checklist and program guidelines for the program.
  2. Complete a business plan [PDF] and cash flow statement [DOC] for your company using the templates. You can download the templates on google drive HERE. 
  3. Name your respective files as "FirstName_LastName_BusinessPlan" and "FirstName_LastName_CashFlowStatement" and save both as PDFs
  4. Fill in the online application and upload your business plan and cash flow statement.
  5. Once we receive your application, we will review your application and work with you on your business plan and cash flow to ensure your success.
  6. For qualified applicants, we will invite you for a final stage interview.
  7. We will let you know if you qualify for the Summer Company grant funding.

Spots are limited. Apply early!


Applications for 2023 are now open. Apply before April 30th, 2023.

Please note that only applications submitted through our online application form will be accepted. Please do not apply using the Province of Ontario's Summer Company login system.

For any questions please e-mail or call 905.477.7000 x 6722.

Meet our 2022 Summer Company participants

Ali is a grade 10 Markham student attending Pierre Elliot Trudeau High School who has a passion for entrepreneurship having run two businesses before. This time around, Ali’s business, Styl will be focusing on offering customers both customizable and unique phone cases at an affordable price through. Order a case at

Ariana is a grade 10 Markham student attending Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy. Her company, Apt Admin Assist will offer small business owners administrative and officer services, helping with tasks such as data entry, monitoring email inboxes, phone calls, filing and organizing, and much more. See how you can get help with you admin needs here:

Aricia is a grade 10 Markham student attending St. Robert Catholic High School. Her company, Green Tea Press will make convenient, affordable, eco-friendly notebooks made from recycled paper, cartridge-free ink, and cellulose that will feature unique designs such as fun facts and memes. Find out how you can get one here:

Cheryl is a grade 12 Markham student attending Unionville High School. Her company, Cheri Jewels, will sell customizable jewelry pieces that combine style, elegance, and comfort to be personalized for any occasion. Products will range between include rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and ear cuffs.

Jessica is a Markham resident completing her second year of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Guelph. Through her company, omochu.studios, Jessica repurposes old yarn and textile material from thrift stores to create handmade crochet items such as flowers, bouquets, and rugs. Her products can be found at local art markets as part of the company’s commitment to the environment.

Lily is a grade 12 Markham student attending Markham District High School. This summer, she is offering affordable backyard swimming lessons with her company Fins Up! Backyard Swim School. Book a lesson at

Rayhan is a grade 10 Markham student attending St. Augustine Catholic Secondary School. Though his company, AA-Fitness, he seeks to provide accessible and affordable athletic equipment for those looking to get into fitness or a healthy lifestyle.

Ritik is a grade 11 Markham student attending Middlefield Collegiate Institute. Ritik’s business, Quick Fix Lawn Care, will offer lawn maintenance and landscaping services to those in his neighbourhood. His services will include lawn mowing, mulching, raking, and general cleaning up.

Thivya is a grade 9 Markham student attending Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy. Having won a business competition in the past with a business idea, this summer, Thivya’s The Music Magnet is a company that will strive to provide affordable online music lessons taught by high school students across the summer.

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