JA Ottawa

Turning Today’s Students Into Tomorrow’s Leaders

We recruit volunteers from Ottawa’s business community and post-secondary institutions to lead interactive learning activities for students in grades 5 to 12. JA programs teach entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness skills by giving students real-world tasks like goal setting, building a personal budget, exploring interests and career pathways, and working with a team to start a small business. 

JA Ottawa is a member of JA Canada and is known for its innovative approach to program development and delivery.

Check out JA Canada’s Digital Campus

JA Company is a four-month program that supports high school students in starting their own business.

This year we are offering a virtual after-school JA Company program, as well as a Skilled Trades and Technology JA Company program!  

Igniting Ottawa’s Future Leaders in the new reality

JA Ottawa has shifted its programs to continue to nurture Ottawa’s youth during this unprecedented school year.

About the Program


JA Company

Watch this JA Company Awards Video to find out more!

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Spark the Entrepreneurial Spirit of Youth

Help students connect classroom learning with real-world problems and issues. Your investment will inspire students to develop needed soft skills for tomorrow’s careers and help foster a culture of entrepreneurship and innovation in our K-12 schools.

Volunteer with JA Ottawa

You can help us develop tomorrow’s leaders! Our volunteers teach JA curriculum and lead students through interactive learning activities, while sharing personal work-related experiences and knowledge. You can boost your company’s profile, develop your leadership and communication skills, and have a great deal of fun.