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Giving high school students the opportunity to experience the thrills of trading on the stock market

Program elements available: Beginning of October 2020

Competition runs: October 26th – Dec 4th 2020

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How ISP works

JA Canada’s Investment Strategies Program (ISP) is a unique opportunity for students in Grades 8 to 12 to experience the real-world ups and downs of trading on the stock market. Competing against others across Canada, participants explore the different ways in which people save and invest for their future.

The program includes interactive teacher-led lessons that focus on key investment principles. These lessons culminate in an online stock market competition beginning on October 26th, called Invest JA, where students manage their own simulated stock portfolio. This 6-week simulation uses live data from North American stock markets to teach students how to apply key investing principles in a real-world situation.

With over 400 teams from Central Ontario and hundreds more from across the country, this is a Canada-wide competition like no other.

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Students will:
  • Understand the pros and cons of different investments
  • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of various securities
  • Test their knowledge by competing against other teams from across Canada in an online stock market simulation
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A note on our sponsor

Questrade is Canada’s fastest growing online brokerage that is changing the Canadian financial services industry by leveraging technology to lower fees while providing a viable alternative to traditional financial investment options, thereby allowing Canadians to Keep More of their Money.


Questrade is supporting JA Central Ontario teams as they take on this tough competition. The team provides support and helps students make the most of this unique experience.

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