JA Company

JA Company is a four-month program that supports high school students in starting their own business. With guidance from volunteer mentors from the business community, the teams build their own start-up from the ground up.
This year, we’re excited that JA Company will be offered in two streams.  
Twelve virtual after-school companies will match student companies with industry mentors as they create their own businesses in any field.        
Additionally, 12 JA Companies will be created in partnership with teachers across all 4 school boards that will focus specifically on skilled trades and technology.  
Teachers, to get your class involved, sign up here!

Spring 2021 JA Company Review!

Meet our Companies! During 15 weeks this spring, they created, produced, marketed, sold and dissolved their companies, learning about business, our community, teamwork, problem solving, leadership and many other soft skills that will serve them well in the future. Well done to all!


Battle Bucks logo

To create and foster social ties within the community through friendly virtual e-sport competitions.


beeco logo

We sell an eco-friendly substitute to plastic packaging, while devoting our company to saving the bees.


Cardinall logo

Delivering Smiles, Creating Community And Bridging Gaps Caused During The Pandemic.


Coastify logo

To improve the quality of life of those around us by creating meaningful handcrafted coasters.


Generocity logo

GenerOcity is an initiative to bring joy to our local community through selfless acts

Glued Paper

Glued Paper logo

Glued Paper aims to support the local community and inspire creativity through our love of art.


Hopevision logo

We make handmade bracelets which all represent different humanitarian causes.

Students to Students Publishing

Students 2 Students logo

We seek to help other High Schoolers by sharing our experiences.


We are a student run online tutoring company aiming to help students attain greater academic success


Vesta’s ambition to facilitate everyday tasks through technology helps connect our communities.


Yoso seeks to create clean and simple hoodies that are truly one of a kind.

Thank you to our JA Company sponsors including:

ONFE, ROPE, Ottawa Network for Education, charity, not for profit, fundraising, The Counselling Foundation of Canada
Rogers logo
Ottawa Community Foundation logo
Telfer logo

“Unlike at school, where you are provided with materials, taught a lesson, and given time to study; JA puts you in situations that make you think and act on your feet. You are tested first, and then you learn from your failures or your successes.”

~ Khadeer, JA Company participant and award winner

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.