Hello Achievers & Advisors,

Please review this email for some important reminders and updates.

New updates included in this email:
  • Closing your Shopify Account
  • Student Interview Night
  • JA Canada Youth Success Summit
  • National Volunteer Week
  • Save the date for ventureON 2021
  • Pre-register for next year

Deadline Reminders:
  • Final Attendance List - Due TODAY (Friday, April 16)
  • Battle of the Ads Commercial - Due April 23
  • Final Shareholders' Report - Due April 23
  • Fixed Costs Payment #2 - Due April 23
  • Advisor Recognition - Due April 30
  • Yearbook - Due April 30

Previous Updates:
  • Yearbook Form
  • Calendar Update and Business Activities Extension
  • End of Year
  • Continuing your Business
  • Weekly Emails
  • External Opportunities

Closing your Shopify Account

If you have a Shopify account that was set up by JA, please review and complete the following steps to close down.

Note: As JA is the store owner, we will officially close the store on our end once you have completed the next steps.

  1. Review the information on this site: https://help.shopify.com/en/manual/your-account/pause-close-store#close-your-store
  2. Make sure you have fulfilled all of your orders. You can set your online store with a password to stop any additional orders coming in.
  3. Make sure that you pay any outstanding charges that you might have.
  4. Save your store information by exporting CSV files. You can choose to save your bills by exporting your billing history.
  5. If you have any third-party apps that have your payment information outside of Shopify, then cancel your service with those apps to avoid being billed externally after you close your store.

Once you are confident that you have completed all necessary steps, please email companyprogram@jacentralontario.org and we will close the store.

All stores will be closed by May 31 unless you have requested to keep your store.

Continuing your business
If you would like to keep your store, you can request for a transfer of ownership. When liquidating, you will have to sell off any remaining assets (if applicable) to yourselves (or whoever has agreed to continue the company) and then we will request Shopify to move the ownership of the Shopify account to you and your members. Keep in mind you will then be responsible for all Shopify membership fees going forward as soon as you are no longer affiliated with JA.

If you want to keep your Shopify store, you must email us at companyprogram@jacentralontario.org no later than May 14.
Student Interview Night

Congratulations to all individual students who were nominated for Company Program Awards and to all the teams who submitted for the group awards! Thank you to all advisors for completing the endorsements to ensure the awards move forward.

The applications are now in preliminary judging.

Short-listed candidates will be notified by email by April 26th. Short-listed candidates for individual and group awards* will be required to attend Student Interview Night on May 5, 2021 between 5:30 to 8:15 p.m. The event will be held on Microsoft Teams. Specific instructions will be sent to all finalists.

*The following award categories are NOT required to present at Student Interview Night: JA Journey, Changemaker, Jane Eisbrenner Award.

JA Canada Youth Success Summit

Students: An email was sent out this past Wednesday with details on how you can join the virtual Youth Success Summit, hosted by JA Canada.

Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021
Time: 12:00-3 p.m. EST

Full Details:
National Volunteer Week (April 18 to 24)

Students: It's National Volunteer Week from April 18 to 24! We encourage you to find ways to thank your advisors throughout the week whether it's sending them a personal message of thanks, giving them a shoutout on social media or doing something nice for them during your meeting (if you're still meeting!)
Save the Date - ventureON 2021

STUDENTS & ADVISORS: You're all invited to attend our JA Central Ontario Company Program end of year virtual celebration, ventureON!

We will be announcing award winners and highlighting all company program achiever and advisor successes during this event. There will also be an opportunity to hear from special guest speakers, answer trivia, win door prizes and network with your fellow peers.

Date: Wednesday, May 26
Time: 5 to 7 p.m.
Location: Virtual on Hopin

Main Event & Awards Presentation | 5 to 6:15 p.m.
Alumni Panel | 6:30 to 7 p.m.
Student Networking | 6:15 to 7 p.m.
CP Business Expo | 6:15 to 7 p.m.


Door Prizes: Students that register by May 26th at noon will be entered into a draw to win 1 of 10 $10 Starbucks gift cards. Students must be at the event to claim their prize.
Pre-register for next year

We hope you will consider joining us again next year! Please pre-register below and we will keep you up-to-date on next year's Company Program and will inform you of when registration will kick off (early September).

Final Attendance List
DUE: TODAY (Friday, April 16)

VP OF HR: In your final attendance and student list, please ensure you follow these instructions:
  • Indicate your final attendance % for each active student
  • Indicate clearly which students are no longer active (i.e. have dropped out)
  • Sort your list in alphabetical order by FIRST NAME (and then last name)
  • Rename your file the name of your JA Company
  • Upload your file in these formats only: Excel Spreadsheet or PDF

10 PTS (BONUS for submitting your final attendance list)
10 PTS if your team had 80% attendance rate
Battle of the Ads Commercial Contest
DUE: Friday, April 23

For full contest details and how to submit, please visit:

15 PTS (BONUS) for top 3 teams
Final Shareholders' Report and 2nd Fixed Cost Payment
DUE: Friday, April 23

Final Shareholders' Report Outline: https://bit.ly/3r2jHaU

Upload your Shareholders' Report here: https://www.dropbox.com/request/I37TupH29gf1LBYcb5cy

Fixed Cost Payment Details: https://bit.ly/3c4hJTo
All teams are required to remit your final fixed cost payment of $75.
If your team has $500 or more in profit, you are also required to pay Sales Profits Tax.

10 PTS for submitting shareholders' report by April 23
10 PTS for submitting fixed cost payment #2 ($75) by April 23
Advisor Recognition and Yearbook Form
DUE: Friday, April 30

Submit your Advisor Recognition here: https://www.dropbox.com/request/ihwVtf3xcclv8G9HkT1A

Yearbook Form:

50 PTS for submitting Advisor Recognition
50 PTS for submitting Yearbook Form

Yearbook Form

This year we will once again be making a digital Company Program yearbook featuring each one of our 43 virtual Company Program teams! The yearbook will also feature award winners and finalists, Company Program events and your advisors.

A digital copy of the yearbook will be available online by June and will be emailed to Company Program students and advisors to have as a keepsake.

We want to showcase all of our teams and share the amazing successes you have accomplished throughout your entrepreneurial journey. Therefore, we would like a 100% response rate from all of our teams.

It is MANDATORY for each team to fill out ONE yearbook form.

Please submit this form by Friday, April 30th.

Each team that submits by the deadline will receive 50 points for the team challenge award!

Complete yearbook form here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8Z7BQHY
Calendar Update & Business Activities Extension

IMPORTANT UPDATE: We have decided to give teams a bit more time to finish sales and wrap up their businesses. Please note the following important details regarding this extension.

  • April 5-9 is the scheduled last week (Week 18)
  • April 12-16 will now be the scheduled "March Break" (you can opt to meet this week too but it is not mandatory)
  • April 19-23 will be an optional week for teams to finish up if they need the time
  • April 26 to May 14 additional 3 weeks of business operations (including liquidation) granted. Teams must let us know they are taking this extension by emailing companyprogram@jacentralontario.org

  • OPERATIONS: You can continue to operate beyond April 23 until May 14.
  • LIQUIDATION: Your team must be liquidated and closed no later than May 14.
  • Your team is still required to submit all required submissions (including fixed costs) by the indicated deadlines (see deadlines below).
  • SHAREHOLDERS' REPORT: In order to collect your team challenge points AND/OR if you are applying for any of the GROUP AWARDS, you must submit a report by April 23rd based on the following:
  1. If you have liquidated and closed by April 23rd, please submit your FINAL shareholders report.
  2. If you have not liquidated and closed by April 23rd, please submit a SNAPSHOT to date of your current operations (including financials) at the time of submission AND a FINAL UPDATE by May 14.
  3. If you make a profit of $500 or more, you will be required to pay the sales profits tax by May 14th.

  • This extension is OPTIONAL. You must decide as a team if you wish to take it.
  • Any team meetings with advisors beyond the required 18 weeks is at your advisors' discretion and capacity.
  • If you wish to take the extension, you must let us know by email at companyprogram@jacentralontario.org

You can view the CP calendar here: https://www.jacocompanyprogram.ca/calendar
End of Year

It is nearing the end of the year! While you can take advantage of the April Break and the optional week, it is time to start thinking about wrapping up your Company Program.

In the next few weeks, your team will be:
  • Wrapping up your sales
  • Completing your liquidation process and preparing your final shareholders' report
  • Preparing for your final meeting
  • Reflecting on your Company Program experience (reviewing where you're at in your personal and team goals, your KPIs, etc.)
  • Celebrating your success! Whether you made a profit or not, it's time to look back and see how far you have all come and to celebrate your team

Helpful Links to review:
Continuing your Business

If you plan on continuing your company after JA, your team is still required to complete the liquidation process and closing of the business as per the JA Company Program requirements.

Once you have completed these requirements and have submitted your final shareholders' report, you can then determine as a team which members will continue on. All members who choose not to continue must understand that by doing so they are relinquishing their part in the company. You will need to have this clearly indicated and in writing – who will and will not continue with the company – and have all members sign off on it.
After that, your company’s affiliation with JA will come to an end and it will be up to the remaining members to determine the next steps for establishing your business.

If you are using Shopify, you may be able to keep your site. When liquidating, you may have to sell off any assets to yourselves (or whoever has agreed to continue the company) and then we will request Shopify to move the ownership of the Shopify account to you and your members. Keep in mind you will then be responsible for all Shopify membership fees going forward as soon as you are no longer affiliated with JA.
Weekly Emails

We will continue to send out weekly emails until May to support teams to meet the final deadlines and provide any program updates and reminders. Please kindly keep us on your email list so that you don't miss any important information regarding awards and upcoming events, including our end of year celebration, ventureON.
External Student Opportunities

We've added a new opportunity with SAP on this page. If you're looking for a co-op placement, please check out the page for more information.

Upcoming Dates

To view the full CP Calendar including upcoming deadlines, click here.

Friday, April 16
Final Attendance Due

Friday, April 23
Commercial Contest, Final Shareholders’ Report and 2nd Fixed Cost Payment Due

Friday, April 30
Advisor Recognition and Yearbook Form Due
Should you have questions or concerns regarding any of the above information, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at companyprogram@jacentralontario.org

Thank you!

Lucia & Lesley
The Company Program Team
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