Over a four-month period, JA Company Program teaches high school students how to organize and operate a real business. Volunteers from the local business community work with students to launch and run a small enterprise. This gives students the real-world skills and experience that they need to fulfill their potential. 

JA Ottawa currently offers two streams of JA Company Program: 

  • After-School Company is mentor-led and runs in the Fall 
  • In-School Company is teacher-led and starts at the beginning of Semester 1 or Semester 2 

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Smiling JA mentors on Zoom call

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If you’d like to learn more about getting JA Company Program in your school or community, please contact Robyn Lester (JA Company Coordinator) at rlester@onfe-rope.ca

Check out these JA Companies!

Meet our JA Companies! In 15 weeks, 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!

AFTER SCHOOL JA COMPANIES (October 2023 – February 2024)

Cozy Tea

We sell a mug bundle that includes four
teabags, a hand knit mug cozy, and a surprise
collectible animal. There are three flavours:
Energize, Relax, and Focus

GerminATE

The Bodacious Box by GerminATE is an innovative kit, made
by marrying the seed-to-plant kit and the meal
kit. It includes around six vegetable seeds (by
nutritional classification) along with peat
pellets and specific planting instructions and
times, so that the produce may be harvested
together. After this, a few of the unique recipes
included can be selected and the vegetables
farmed can be used to cook the dishes.

Bumble Wrap

Handmade reusable food wraps that are
perfect for your bowls, sandwiches,
fruits and more!

EmBeaded Bracelets

EmBeaded Bracelets curates beautifully
designed, hand crafted, glass bead bracelets
that are color coded to a special musical
album! In our packaging we provide buyers
with a Spotify bar code to the specific album
to enhance the user experience

Clayful Creations

Clay charms placed on faux leather cord
to form handmade, unique clay
necklaces.

IN SCHOOL JA COMPANIES (October 2023 – February 2024)

EcoSips

Eco Sips logo

Stay stylish and eco-friendly with our Reusable Water Bottle. Its striking patterns, which are made to last, encourage sustainability while making a statement.

With its premium designs made from a high-quality Circut machine, this bottle guarantees that you may hydrate in style and leave as little of an environmental impact as possible.

Wrapped Up

Ja Company Wrapped Up logo

Stay stylish and eco-friendly with our Reusable Water Bottle. Its striking patterns, which are made to last, encourage sustainability while making a statement.

Thank you to our JA Company community partners including:

ONFE, ROPE, Ottawa Network for Education, charity, not for profit, fundraising, The Counselling Foundation of Canada
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“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