About the 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.

Through the program you get:

  • start-up money to kick-off a new summer business
  • advice and mentorship from local business leaders to help get the business up and running

Learning how to run your own student business is one of the best summer jobs you can have. You get to be your own boss while learning what it takes to manage a business. Sales, marketing, bookkeeping, customer relationship management and networking are just a few of the highly useful skills you’ll develop.

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What Students Have to Say

I've had this business idea for a while now and if it weren't for the Summer Company program I wouldn't be able to kickstart my dream. I'm very grateful for this opportunity and I plan on continuing my business for the next few years.

Mehek Rizvi, Under One Moon Clothing Co.
Mehek Rizvi Under One Moon Clothing Co

How to Apply

1. Complete a business plan

2. Complete a cash flow statement

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  • 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.

Past Summer Company Businesses

The City of Markham has been running the Ontario Summer Company program for over a decade. Check out some of the businesses that have been part of the program in recent years

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