Our mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a changing global economy. We do this by bridging the gap between education and the world of work through expert online programs.

Our programs focus on financial literacy, work-readiness and entrepreneurship – giving students in grades 3-12 the tools to become financially capable adults and entrepreneurs.

Working with Corporate Partners, volunteers and teachers, we create important connections to the workforce and prepare youth for the jobs of tomorrow.


Our Impact

Research undertaken by the Boston Consulting Group confirms JA’s impact, showing that JA alumni are:

JA Alumni are more likely to open their own business.

to open their own business which leads to innovation, new jobs and wealth creation. *

JA Alumni are 3X more likely to hold senior and middle management positions in the organizations.

to hold senior and middle management positions in their respective organizations. *

JA Alumni earn 50% more on average.

than those who do not benefit from a JA program.

* Boston Consulting Group 2011 Impact Report


Get Involved

Our work is made possible by the incredible people who make our region a place for businesses and families to thrive. You are teachers, parents, supporters and role models. No matter what your role, you can contribute in a meaningful way.

Find out how:


Self-employment is the only solution to this economic crisis and we estimate that one in five Canadians will be their own boss in ten years. Canada needs more entrepreneurs and JA Central Ontario is uniquely positioned to grow and support them.


Benjamin Tal
Deputy Chief Economist
CIBC World Markets