Hello Achievers & Advisors,

Please review this email for some important reminders and updates.

New updates included in this email:
  • Company Programs Awards Update
  • Team Challenge Update
  • Battle of the Ads Survey
  • End of Year
  • Continuing your Business

Deadline Reminders:
  • JA Canada National Scholarships - Due Today (March 26)
  • Upcoming Deadlines in April

Previous Updates:
  • Easter Long Weekend & Calendar Updates
  • Showcase Recording
  • External Student Opportunities

Company Program Awards Update

If you didn't get a chance to review the email sent earlier this week regarding awards, you can view it here (includes FAQs): https://conta.cc/3cf9iEU

Team Challenge Update

220 Points Requirement for Company of the Year:
If your team is planning to apply for the Company of the Year Award, your team is required to have a minimum of 220 points. Please note that you will likely not have 220 points at the time of your awards submission as many of the points will come towards the end of April. You can still submit for the award! If you have been meeting most deadlines and will be submitting the remaining requirements along with a few additional bonus points, you will likely make the points. If you are unsure, please feel free to email us to ask for an update on your team's progress.

Removal of "Bring a Friend" week:
Please note that we are removing the "Bring a Friend" week in the team challenge points. If you and your team are still interested in running a "Bring a Friend" week, please reach out to us first. No points will be awarded.

Some team challenges points have been noted below under the different deadlines.

To learn more about the team challenge points, please visit:
Battle of the Ads Survey

It has now been two weeks since the Battle of the Ads workshop and we want to know how your team is doing!

If you were able to attend the workshop, please take a moment to complete this survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JR57M2L
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.

JA Canada National Scholarships
DUE: Friday, March 26 (Today)

ACHIEVERS: As JA Central Ontario Company Program students, you may be eligible to apply for the following national scholarships offered by JA Canada:

You can learn more about the application requirements here.

Deadline to Apply: Friday, March 26, 2021

Note: Where it says letter from JA Charter, you can request a letter directly from your JA Advisors since they have worked with you directly and can speak to your skills and talents.
Company Program Award Applications
DUE: Friday, April 9

Final Attendance List
DUE: 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

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

Links for submission TBA

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

Easter Long Weekend & Calendar Updates

Please note the following changes:
  • April 5-9 will now be Week 18 (last scheduled week)
  • 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

LEAD ADVISORS: If your team meets on Mondays or Fridays, please note that April 2-5 is the Easter Holiday Weekend so you may need to cancel your meetings and use the optional week instead.

You can view the CP calendar here: https://www.jacocompanyprogram.ca/calendar
Showcase Keynote Recording

Thank you to everyone who joined us last night for the Youth Entrepreneurs Showcase!

A post-event communication was sent out separately to Achievers with a survey - please take a moment to complete the survey to help us improve the showcase experience in the future.

If you missed the keynote presentation, you can review the recording here:
External Student Opportunities

We've added a section to the JA Central Ontario resource page where you will be able to find some external student opportunities offered by our partners and sponsors.

Head on over to learn more about some current opportunities offered by CPA Ontario!
Upcoming Dates

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

Friday, April 9

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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