Workshops adapted to our communities’ changing needs

  • June 8, 2018
150 150 Head Start in Business

Northerners: Entrepreneurs of all ages

2018 Enterprise Olympics in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.

Head Start in Business was launched in a time where technological advancements have not only changed our way of life, but also changed the way we do business, no matter the size. Today, it’s not expected that our career will be with the same employer for its entirety. Planning to work at the local mill until retirement is no longer conceivable.

This is the reason behind the initiation of various entrepreneurship introduction activities in 2006 in Northern Ontario. These practical workshops which are delivered in both official languages, were developed to help the new generation gain a new perspective on the world. It’s imperative that they learn ways to find solutions while contributing to their community’s well-being.

Spectacular Growth

 The youth entrepreneurial activities are now well implemented across Northern Ontario through the 24 Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs), ranging from Kenora to Parry Sound. They are also active in 146 French and English schools (Northern Ontario counting about 360 schools with 126 French-speaking schools) as well as other community partners.


The participation rate recorded by HSIB between 2015 and 2017 showed an increase of nearly 80% compared to the rate ranging from 2012 to 2014. Results: 16,423 youth have attended HSIB workshops. Considering that 36,000 youth have participated since 2006, it clearly demonstrates that this initiative is now part of the Northern Ontario educational landscape.

Youth develop an interest in HSIB activities that are not only age-appropriate, but are also adapted to school curriculums. In fact, we often notice that participants who attend one of the workshops often take part in the next level of activity in the program. The activities call on participants’ creativity and encourage them in finding solutions to the problems they see with their business idea. They really enjoy them!