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Summer Company


Summer Company is a Provincial program that helps young people start and run their own business by providing funding, advice and services. The Halton Region Small Business Centre is the local program provider.

Summer Company program information

The Summer Company program (external link) helps enterprising students between the ages of 15 and 29 start and run their own summer business. The Halton Region Small Business Centre coordinates the program locally, and delivers it with the support of experienced business advisors from the community.

The Summer Company program offers young entrepreneurs:

  • hands-on business training and mentoring
  • up to $1,500 in the spring to help with business start-up costs
  • up to $1,500 upon successful completion of the program requirements

Program eligibility

You may participate in the Summer Company program if you:

  • are 15 to 29 years old (with parental authorization if you are under 18)
  • are a student in high school, college or university
  • are returning to school in the fall, after the program ends
  • live in Ontario and are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • 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

Application & registration

Applications for 2021 are now closed.

Visit the Ontario government’s Summer Company website (external link) to:

  1. Make sure you are eligible for the program.
  2. Complete the online application inquiry.
  3. Select Oakville - HRSBC as your local program provider (external link).
  4. Assign yourself a password.
  5. Submit your application inquiry.

Apply early - a limited number of spaces are available.

Additional information

To learn more about the program, including the selection process, please contact the HRSBC or visit the Ontario government’s Summer Company website (external link).

Participants & success stories

You might be next! Many young entrepreneurs have found Summer Company success in Halton. Learn more about their business and let their success inspire you to turn your own business idea into a successful career!

Summer Company Participants 2021

Arab Collective – Janna El Laithy

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Arab Collective is a clothing brand designed for the Arab community to express their identity through our products.

Arab Collective focuses on allowing customers to connect with their Arab roots even if they are miles away from home. They specialize in country apparel, humorous Arabic sayings and much more! They are introducing a newest campaign called Country for a Cause. This is a charity campaign that applies to the country apparel. For each piece of country apparel purchased, 15% of the proceeds go to a cause in that specific country. Arab Collective’s main goal is customer satisfaction and allowing customers to express themselves whilst also making a positive impact to their native country.

Welcome to Arab Collective.

The Art Within – Julie Ward

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The Art Within is a program designed to provide remote art courses to children and youth. The courses allow students to have an interactive learning experience in the comfort of their home. In the course, the participants' art skills will improve through detail-oriented teaching and emphasis on personal artistic development. By teaching a variety of art concepts, The Art Within aims to develop the student's art skills and inspire youth to explore the visual arts.

Bronte Dog Walkers – Piers Bijvoet

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Bronte Dog Walkers is a dog walking service in the Bronte area of Oakville that specializes in making a dog’s walk the best part of their day, and bringing peace of mind to their owners who know that their dog is having a great time!

Bronte Dog Walkers creates a unique experience for our customers because we put your dog first, always. We commit to walking a maximum of 2 dogs at once in order to give each dog the most attention possible. We are also happy to follow any specific instructions you have for your dog's walk. Additionally, we donate 10% of our proceeds to the Oakville and Milton Humane Society because we strive to improve the welfare and happiness of all of our local animals.

To welcome new customers, your first walk with us is always free!

AK Designs – Allyda King

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AK Designs creates personalized wooden lake maps and home decor keepsakes that celebrate the outdoors and cottage life in Ontario. AK Design, designs & handcrafts each map and adds precise laser engraved details. Map designs are fully customizable; customers can choose a lake, mark the map with a cottage or favorite spot and include text. It makes a perfect gift for a special memory or for a family that loves being at the lake!

Harrisxn Multimedia – Harry Jones

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Harrisxn is a multimedia company that helps tech-based businesses reach the younger gaming niche demographic through promotional videos and social media placements. The challenge faced by these businesses is making a real connection with this demographic. Harrisxn, solves this problem by applying technical expertise in social media algorithms, video creation, and their deep knowledge of this demographic. Harrixn’s specializes in Youtube and TikTok.

Michael Lin TESL – Michael Lin

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“Michael Lin TESL” offers completely virtual conversational English tutoring courses for Chinese international students who have an interest in coming to Canada to work or study. The entire 2-week course will teach them the basics of Canadian life and the small details that most schools do not teach. The lessons will set these people up for a planned and prepared life in Canada.

Rotorfox Productions – Alex Karatzky

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Rotorfox Productions is an independent digital media company specializing in aerial photography and videography. It offers dynamic FPV (first person view) footage from custom-built drones, as well as many forms of photography, videography, inspection and data collection.

Learn with Nya – Nya Singh

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Learn with Nya is a virtual tutoring resource for kids ages 8-15 that offers educational sessions to develop children’s understanding in the various subjects within the STEM fields. Learn with Nya in the comfort of your own home while staying safe. Let’s have a productive summer!