As the MPP for Ottawa South, I am proud to announce that on June 29 the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth, in partnership with Staples Canada, held the third annual Summer Company - Staples Youth Entrepreneurship Day. This event showcases some of the brightest entrepreneurial students our province has to offer as they take on the challenge of running their own summer businesses.
Young Ontarians deserve rewarding employment, and we are committed to helping our youth become job creators rather than job seekers. Through the Summer Company program, students aged 15 to 29 receive hands-on business training and mentoring as well as grants of up to $3,000 to start and run their own summer business.
Since 2001, Summer Company has helped over 6,850 students launch a summer businesses. And, 86% of participants indicate that they plan to continue to operate their business after the summer or consider entrepreneurship as a career choice.
Ontario’s prosperity depends on our people, and our future prosperity depends on our youth having the right skills, experiences, and support to participate in the economy both today and tomorrow. These are the young people who will become tomorrow’s business leaders and fuel our province’s economy in the decades to come.