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Program FeaturesJA Ottawa

Important Update - April 2020:


The pandemic has shown the need for quality online educational resources that can be accessed by youth across the country. JA Canada has responded by working to rapidly create digital programs on a readily accessible, easy to use learning management platform.  


Like our JA Ottawa in-class programs, we are able to offer these online JA programs free of charge thanks to the generosity of our donors.  


These programs combine slides, videos, online activities, and games to teach youth about financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Programs are available for students in Grades 3 to 12, and each program lasts 2 to 4 hours. 


Theses online JA programs can be self-directed or facilitated by a teacher or parent. 


1)   Instructions for Teacher/Facilitator-led programs:  

  • Go to the JA Digital Campus (  
  • Click on the Program Library and select the program(s) you want to deliver to your students  
  • Contact JA Ottawa at: to register your school or your class indicating the program(s) you are interested in offering to your students 
  • Upon receipt of your email, we will provide you with an enrollment key (access code) for the program   
  • Create your account and enter the key/code to gain access to the program(s).   
  • Once schools reopen, JA programs can be facilitated in the classroom using this new delivery model if volunteers are unable to come into the classroom.  


2)   Instructions for Students to access self-directed JA programs: 

  • Go to the JA Digital Campus at  
  • Click on the Program Library  
  • Click on “View Self-Directed Courses”  
  • Read the course descriptions and click on the link for the program you want to complete 
  • Click on “Create New Account” 
  • Read the privacy policy and age statement, and if you agree, check the boxes to accept the terms  
  • Complete the fields to create your account  
  • Please note: If the student is under 13 years of age, a parent/guardian will have to provide an email address to create the account.  


For any logistical questions, please contact Kristina Price at 

Programs Available for Grades 5 to 8

JA Economics for Success

This empowering one-day program introduces grade 8 students to the concepts of financial literacy, challenges them to reflect on their personal goals, and emphasizes the advantage of staying in school to achieve long-term success. Students participate in hands-on activities such as developing personal and professional goals, preparing a personal budget, role playing various networking and interview scenarios, and learning about career choices.

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Programs Available for Grades 9 to 12

JA Company

This 15-week program gives students from grade 9-12 the opportunity to learn business fundamentals and the art of entrepreneurship through hands-on tasks, as they work together to develop a student-led company. JA Company provides students with valuable life-skills, work experience, and knowledge JA Company can be curriculum-linked to a high school business or leadership class, or it can be offered as an after-school program. Students in the program are mentored by experienced volunteers from Ottawa’s business, government and education sectors.


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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

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.