Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Junior Achievement?

Junior Achievement is the largest non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing youth to succeed in a global economy. Junior Achievement offers business education programs in the areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy, delivered at no cost to elementary, middle and high schools. Junior Achievement reaches over 226,000 students annually with 13,500 dedicated business volunteers in over 400 communities across Canada – that’s over 4 million students who have been part of Junior Achievement programs.

2. What programs does Junior Achievement offer?
Junior Achievement programs enable young people to develop essential life skills through learning and participation in activities and innovative business simulations. Whether it is helping you startup your own business, having a business leader visit your classroom or participating in one of our learning forum, Junior Achievement provides hands-on, real life knowledge and experience to help prepare the leaders of tomorrow. Learn more about the programs we offer today’s youth.

3. How are programs delivered?

Junior Achievement programs are delivered by thousands of enthusiastic business professionals, successful entrepreneurs and committed individuals who enjoy sharing their work experiences and knowledge with youth. Our volunteers are the link between education and the world of work, bringing programs to life in the classroom.

4. How can I acknowledge the efforts of a youth in my community?

Each year, Junior Achievement of Canada and our partners recognize the outstanding achievements of students. Awards and scholarships are granted for performance in business competitions, teamwork and cooperation, essay writing and public-speaking, community service and entrepreneurship. Learn more.

Junior Achievement’s ability to reach young people and improve lives depends on the support it receives from its partners and contributors. Learn more about how to become a mentor. Learn more about JA partnerships, and see our current partners.

5. What should I do if I would like to support one of Junior Achievement programs?

Please visit our Donate page and thank you for your interest in supporting Junior Achievement!

6. Is there a fee for the program?

Thanks to the generous support of our donors, Junior Achievement is able to provide our programs completely free of charge. Our ability to help empowers young people, increase their confidence, prepare for the workplace and explore their entrepreneurial goals, would not be possible without the support of our sponsors and our mentors across Canada.

7. I am a teacher and would like to offer a Junior Achievement program in my classroom. What is the process?

To find out more about how you can offer a program in your classroom, contact your local JA office.

8. What is the Canadian Business Hall of Fame?

The Canadian Business Hall of Famewas established by Junior Achievement of Canada in 1979. The Hall of Fame celebrates the lifetime accomplishments of Canada’s most distinguished business leaders. To date, over 150 Canadians have been honoured with this premier award for business excellence. The awards are presented at a Gala Dinner in May. This event is a key fundraising event in support of Junior Achievement of Canada.

9. Does Junior Achievement operate outside of Canada?

Yes, JA Worldwide is the world's largest organization dedicated to educating young people about business, economics and entrepreneurship. Through a dedicated volunteer network, JA Worldwide provides in-school and after-school programs for students in grades K-12. JA Worldwide offers educational programs that focus on seven key content areas: business, citizenship, economics, entrepreneurship, ethics/character, financial literacy, and career development. Today, Junior Achievement operates in 123 countries, reaching 9.7 million students annually. For more information, visit www.ja.org.

10. Is there a conference or event that I can participate in?

Junior Achievement presents the Next Generation Leaders Forum in August for over 200 students from across Canada and around the world. This premier international student business conference allows youth to discuss, debate and learn about business and global issues. Learn more.

Local JA offices organize a number of events throughout the year. To find out about what is happening in your area, contact your local Junior Achievement office.