The Ontario Ministry of Small Business and Entrepreneurships runs a program each year for students between 15 and 29 years of age who are not in their final year of school. The program provides “awards” (ie. grants) of up to $3,000 to students to start and run their own business over the Summer. Up to $1,500 is paid early in the Summer to deal with start up costs and an additional $1,500 maximum is awarded at the end of the Summer following the completion of their business and proof of their return to school. In addition, students will receive a minimum of 12 hours of business training and the opportunity to receive mentoring assistance from local entrepreneurs.
Applications are taken on a first come, first serve basis and the application process is now open. If you or someone you know may be interested in running a business over the summer, it might be worth while to check out the Ministry’s web site. You can go to: