JA’s Company Program at the Sandbox Centre offers a group of high school students an opportunity to take an eight month journey of triumphs, failures, and ultimately, discovery.

The entrepreneurial program is an inclusive opportunity for students in grades 9-12 across Central Ontario, which is offered to students free of charge. Generous corporate partner throughout the community not only provide the funding for the program but also provide the meeting space and most importantly employees from their organization who act as volunteer mentors (referred to as Advisors).

The group of students, under the guidance of their advisors, creates, manages, and liquidates a business in 18 weeks. They use real money, real products, and have real customers. Company Program gives student participants important real world experience; helping to build their confidence and pushing them to go beyond what they think is possible.


Company Program Awards

At the conclusion of the Company Program, students are nominated for various awards (both individual & group). Finalists move onto Interview Night, where they are asked to present before a panel of judges. The winners are then recognized at the annual ventureON celebration in May. Individual award winners are invited to attend the JA Youth Success Summit held at a Canadian university during one week in the summer.

JA Canada National Awards & Scholarships

Each year Junior Achievement of Canada awards over $40,000 in scholarships and awards to participants of JA programs. For more information on JACAN Awards & Scholarships click here.


JA Central Ontario is a member of JA Canada and part of JA Worldwide (JA), the world’s largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business. Since 1968, schools in Central Ontario have relied on us to prepare young people for success in an ever-changing global economy. In fact, during the 2017-2018 school year, over 57,000 students benefited from our programs, each delivered free of charge by volunteers from local business communities, coupling their real-life experience with our innovative program content. Our programs focus on work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship, giving students the confidence and skills they need to become the next generation of business and community leaders.

JA Central Ontario is responsible for the geographic area bounded by Barrie, Bowmanville and Burlington.