Summer Company Program

Summer Company is the Government of Ontario’s flagship youth entrepreneurship program. It provides enterprising young people, aged 15 to 29, with the opportunity to start and run their own summer businesses.

If you are accepted into the program, you will receive an award of up to $3,000, hands-on business coaching, and mentoring from local community business leaders who will work with you to make your Summer Company a reality.

How it Works:

Through a program called Summer Company, you can 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.

Who is eligible

You could be eligible, if you:

You cannot apply again, if you have received a Summer Company grant in the past.

If you are on social assistance (Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program) you can still apply to Summer Company. Payments from the program may be exempt as income and assets under social assistance, so your monthly social assistance payment may not be affected.

Call your local Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program office for more information.

What kind of business

You can choose to start almost any type of business, as long as it:

Past Summer Company Participants

2019 Summer Company Participants
  • Tyler: Tyler’s Tune Ups
  • Kohl: The Lawn Doc T-Bay
  • Manny: Superior Mobile Detailing
  • Tyson: True Shine Window Cleaning
  • Zachary: Super Green Lawn Care
  • Chase: Chase’s Crafts
  • Julaine: Lazy Pearl
  • Daisy: Superior Cards
  • Kevin: Plex Design & Development
2018 Summer Company Participants

Jordyn Calderon – Calderon Baking – Desserts made to order –  |  (807) 631-8543  |  Facebook:   |  Instagram: @CalderonBaking  

Ian Campbell – Film Converters – Film and photograph digitization – 

Andrew Faulkner – ISO Studios – High quality corporate video and photography services – |  (807)632-8271  |

Brianna Fiddler – OnyxBri Art – Mixed media artwork Facebook:  Instagram: 

Krishna Jani – Superior Marketing – Digital and traditional marketing services –  |  (807)356-6808  |  Instagram: @superiormarketingtbay

Jesse Leach – C-Clear – Window and Exterior Cleaning Building maintenance services –  (807)631-4119  |

Jacob Luczak – Luczak’s Wrestling and Conditioning – Wrestling classes, technical instruction and high intensity training –   |  (306)807-0057  |  Facebook: @LuczakWrestling

Aidan Marchant  -River Forge – Let me hammer out your details –  |  |  (807)632-6905  |  Instagram: @river_forge

Jenna Mayor – Superior Show Jumping – Coaching riders and horses for the sport of competitive show jumping   |  (807)629-2960  |  Instagram: @superiorshowjumping

Nicole Mighton – Nicole’s Creative Customs – Upcycled and refurbished furniture and housewares   email:

Eraj Rehman S- UDS Bath Company – Organic and eco-friendly bath bombs –

Paw’leh Shan – Clean Paws – Building and residential indoor cleaning services 

2017 Summer Company Participants

Sierra Boire Rose River Pesticide and GMO free succulent plants in upcycled pots

 Grace Francis Constructive Multimedia Photography (807)633-7055 |

Caleb Garrow-Ledoux Caleb’s Lawn Care Lawn and yard maintenance

Jordan Kelly Kelly Construction Landscaping and construction (807)631-8429 |

Matthew O’Reilly O’Reilly Fine Arts Ceramic and painting (807)633-8068 |

Erik Tillberg and Andrew Austin Snagme Ride sharing application (807)621-2932 | |

Tyler Lesschaeve True View Property Services Lawn and window cleaning services (807)620-4568 |

Cameron Murray Murray’s Eco-Friendly Yard Maintenance Lawn and yard services (807)622-5151 |

Robert Haynes Blue Truck Pizza Mobile Pizza Stand (807)707-1877

Justin Nadon Justicks Thunder Bay Refurbishing and restoring hockey sticks (807)356-2929 |

Marco Palermo Marco’s Mowing Lawn and yard services (807)630-4027 |

Thomas Veneruz Grass Master Lawncare and yard services (807)631-2946 |

Keander Smith Keanders Custom Carpentry Building and selling custom furniture (807)633-4384 |

Madison Steadwell Tribal Change Eco friendly and ethical t-shirts (807)627-3382

Carly Schultz Luminary heART Original artwork through painted canvas (807)631-9354

Brandon Rodeghiero Royal Wizards Production Filmography (807)474-1293

2016 Summer Company Participants

Tracy Barry  The Nest Studio  Created works of art (807)621-5310 

Jordan Bellinger Superior Northshore Designs Custom 3-D carving (807)578-7747

Mary Black Northern Wildflowers Handmade Quilts (807)621-7196

Stevie Anne Clark Full Plate Prep Health meal preparation (807)633-0986 

Marc Degagne Degagne Lawn Care Lawncare (807)631-8701

Christina Foresto Clean Sweep Professional home organization (807)472-1975

Christopher Krasnichuk Innovative Circuit Development Idea and circuit concept development (807)633-6468 

Lahama Naeem  Henna Harmony  Henna tattooing (807)355-4430

Aja Mayor Upcycle Furniture Furniture refurbishing (807)632-2247

Dustin Miller Dustin’s Lawncare Service Lawncare

Adam Poulter Superior Student Lawn & Home Lawn and homecare services (807)620-7207

Kyle Salmon Salmon Summer Lawn Care Service Lawncare (Nipigon, Red Rock, and Lake Helen) (807)630-7707

Ashley Whistle Ashley’s Little Rabbitry Rabbit petting zoo (807)630-8638 Facebook

2015 Summer Company Participants

Zach Adams Zach’s Yard Maintenance Lawncare

Alexa Bohemier AB Creative Designs Original artistic clothing

Bisma Iqbal Bisma’s Photography Family photography and promotional videos 

Colin Maronese Edge Coating Powder coating

Casey McFadyen Casey Mathematics Online and in-person math tutoring 

Spencer Rideout Rideout’s Tackle Hand-made fishing lures

Justin Sauer Justin’s Lawn & Snow Lawncare including fertilizing, seeding, and grass cutting

Anirudh Shahi Flying Birdie Badminton Camp Badminton camp

Teagan Smeltzer Hello Wreaths Unique hand-crafted wreaths 

Dalton Sparks Iron Giant Strength & Conditioning Personal training and strength coaching 

Stephanie St. Jacques Canaan Apiculturalist – natural beauty products made with beeswax

2014 Summer Company Participants

Cory Bagdon Port Arthur Woodcraft Fine furniture and custom cabinets

Shannon Dobson Unleashed Photography Pet photography

Frank Felice Evergreen Landscaping Lawncare and landscaping

Gillian House A + G Sealing Driveway sealing and maintenance

Ryan Keleher Northern Professional Research Company Research and project management for companies serving the legal industry

Jordan Kelso Yellow Jacket Lot Maintenance Sweeping and lawn maintenance

Anthony Laudone CompuTech Onsite computer repairs

Josh McGeown Salus Strength and Weight Management Exercise and lifestyle counselling

Keenan Mihalcin Sunny Slopes Exterior Maintenance Lawncare

Jessica Puddicombe J. Noel Art Original paintings and art classes

Tamara Spence Sleeping Giant Corals  Coral propagation of colourful and healthy SPS, LPS, Zoanthids and soft corals

Melissa Tempelman Bee Well Chocolate Chocolate made with healthy and local ingredients

Richard Wirkkunen Ice Age Games Gaming singles and gaming accessories

Victor Xiao Lakehead Piano Keyboarding lessons for beginners

See what our 2020 Summer Company participants had to say about their experiences:

Alexsis Augustine
Alexsis Augustine@ Augustine’sBeadedDesigns
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Alexsis Augustine is an indigenous student that attends Lakehead University. She started her business, Augustine’s Beaded Designs, where Alexsis creates handmade small batch beaded items such as earrings, keychains, or hair barrettes. The idea to start the business came from her friends and family asking to purchase the items that she creates. Alexsis thought it was a great opportunity to sell the products outside of her circle while supporting her family.
Alexsis Augustine
Alexsis Augustine@KeramiikkaMaan
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Erika Niva is running a pottery business, known as Keramiikka Maan. The name Keramiikka Maan is Finnish and translates to “Pottery of the Earth”, ultimately connecting Erika’s future career with her Finnish heritage. Erika had first started with pottery through her studies at Lakehead University in the visual arts program in 2017. Since then she had been selling her items off and on, but finally decided to take the leap and start her business.

Joe Newhouse
Joe Newhouse@MaridayMowersLawnCareCompany
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Joe Newhouse is the owner of Mariday Mowers and Lawn Care Company. He will be offering services such as raking, lawn mowing, and grass trimming. Joe feels that this type of business is a good way to help out individuals that may not be physically able to mow the lawn themselves. Mariday Mowers is also available for individuals that are unable to complete lawn care tasks themselves or are away from their home often.
Imran Bagha
Imran Bagha@NorthernWriting
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Northern Writing Consultants offers a wide array of writing services. Imran Bagha, the founder, is a professional writing consultant and he helps people improve their writing, presentation, and interview skills. His specialty is with helping people applying to graduate and professional university programs such as law, pharmacy, and veterinary school.

Jase Marusyk
Jase Marusyk@Marusyk’sLawnCareAndPressureWashing
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Jase is the owner & operator for Marusyk’s Lawn Care and Pressure Washing in Atikokan, Ontario. Jase’s company provides lawn care services including lawn mowing, gas trimming, minor landscaping projects, and home pressure washing services including, deck paint removal, driveway cleaning, siding, and window washing, and gutter cleaning. Jase provides services on a scheduled rotation or an as-needed basis – depending on what the client prefers. He offers a flexible schedule, as well as catering to shift workers and cabin owners weekend requests as needed.





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