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. 

About Us

Our programs give students in grades 3-12 the tools to become financially capable adults and entrepreneurs. Working with Corporate Partners, we create important connections to the workforce, preparing youth for the jobs of tomorrow. Since 1968, schools in Central Ontario have relied on us to prepare young people for success in an ever-changing global economy.

During the 2019-20 school year, over 31,000 students benefitted from our programs, delivered free of charge either online or by volunteers from local business communities, coupling their real-life experience with our innovative program content. For the 2020-21 school year, our programs will be fully virtual, to ensure students continue to benefit from our important work as safely as possible.

JA Central Ontario is a member of JA Canada and part of JA Worldwide (JA), the world’s largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business.

JA Central Ontario is responsible for the geographic area bounded by Barrie, Bowmanville and Burlington.

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Our Mission, Vision and Values

Mission: Inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

Vision: Be the partner of choice for business, education and policy makers across Central Ontario seeking to expand youth education and economic development.


  • Belief in the boundless potential of young people
  • Commitment to the principles of economics and entrepreneurship
  • Passion for what we do, and honesty, integrity and excellence in how we do it
  • Respect for the talent, creativity, perspectives and backgrounds of all individuals
  • Conviction in the education and motivational impact of relevant, hands-on learning
  • Belief in the power of partnership and collaboration

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The JA Family

JA Canada

JA Canada is the largest youth business education organization in Canada. For over 58 years, we have been inspiring and preparing more than 4 million Canadian young people to succeed in an ever-changing global economy. The organization provides young Canadians with opportunities to learn financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness skills via engaging programs and with the help of dedicated volunteers. With a national office and 16 Charters and Alternate Delivery Models serving students from coast to coast, we work in partnership with educators, volunteers and businesses. Visit http://www.jacanada.org for more information.

JA Worldwide

JA Worldwide is the world’s largest Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) dedicated to educating young people about business. With over 120 member organizations worldwide, we bring a global view of business to local communities. We partner with educators, donors and volunteers to bring a real world experience into the classroom. Our programs give students the confidence and skills they need to become the next generation of business and community leaders. Visit http://www.jaworldwide.org for more information.

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Our History

Inspiring Students to Succeed in School, Life and Business Since 1919

JA was founded in 1919 by Horace A. Moses, chairman of Strathmore Paper in Springfield, MA. We have since become the world’s largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business. With over 120 charters worldwide, we inspire students to succeed in a global economy and reach their highest potential.


Creating New Generations of Canadian Leaders
Ralph Baker, former president of the Standard Oil Company, brought JA to Canada in 1955. He recruited members of Vancouver’s business community to provide programs for 250 students. JA Canada was established in 1967, and in the years that followed, we have expanded our programs across the country. Today, JA Canada consists of 14 charter offices and two Alternate Delivery Models serving Canadian youth from coast to coast. To date, 4.4 million Canadian youth have participated in our programs.

Leading the way in Toronto

Junior Achievement of Toronto & York Region (JATYR) was founded in 1968 by the Young Presidents Organization to provide curriculum-enhancing programs to the region’s Public, Catholic, French, and private school systems. Led by an engaged and influential board of governors and directors, JATYR became the largest charter in Canada, having reached more than 750,000 students with business education programs.

Since 1981, Junior Achievement of Peel partnered with businesses and community service groups to deliver JA programs to Peel Region and Simcoe County students in grades six through twelve.

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Embed from Getty Images December 28, 1969: Junior achievers attending a Toronto conference break down the language barrier with a bilingual paper. From left: Sonia DeBruyn, Richard Blanchet and editor Robert Armes. (Photo by Don Dutton/Toronto Star via Getty Images)