The SHSM–Business enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or an entry-level position in the workplace. Where local circumstances allow, boards may elect to offer one or more variants of the SHSM in a given sector, each with a particular area of focus. This SHSM may be designed to have a particular focus – for example, on entrepreneurship, finance, accounting, retail, marketing, international business, economics, management and administration, or event planning. This focus is achieved through the selection of the four major credits in the bundle.

Schools that offer this SHSM:
Apprenticeship Training College
Hardware, Lumber, and Building Materials Retailer Accounting and Related Clerk
Parts Technician Administrative Clerk
Special Events Coordinator Administrative Officer
Assessor, Valuator, and Appraiser
Banking, Insurance, and Other Financial Clerk
Conference and Event Planner
Court Officer and Justice of the Peace
Desktop Publishing Operator and Related Occupations
Insurance Adjuster and Claims Examiner
Legal Secretary
Loan Officer
Personnel and Recruitment Officer
Personnel Clerk
Professional in Business Services
Purchasing Agent and Officer
Retail and Wholesale Buyer
Secretary (except Legal and Medical)
Social Policy Researcher, Consultant, and Program officer
Specialist in Human Resources
Supervisor - Recording, Distriuting, and Scheduling
Supervisor, Finance and Insurance Clerks
University Workplace
Business Development Officer and Marketing Researcher and Consultant Accounting and Related Clerk
Economist and Economic Policy Resarcher and Analyst Administrative Clerk
Executive Assistant Banking, Insurance, and other Financial Clerk
Financial and Investment Analyst Clerk
Financial Auditor and Accountant Customer Service and Related Clerks
Mathematician, Statistician, and Actuary Customer Service Representative - Financial Services
Professional in Business Services Customs, Ship, and Other Broker
Securities Agent, Investment Dealer, and Broker Payroll or Personnel Clerk
Social Policy Researcher, Consultant and Program Officer Postal or Mail Clerk
Specialist in Human Resources Purchasing and Inventory Clerk
Real Estate Agent and Salesperson
Receptionist, Admitting Clerk
Records Management and Filing Clerk
Retail and Wholesale Buyer
Retail Salesperson and Sales Clerk
Shippers and Receivers
Storekeeper and Parks Clerk

Required Components for the Business Specialist High Skills Major

  • A bundle of nine grade 11 & 12 credits that comprises:
      • Four business major credits
      • Three other required credits from the Ontario curriculum, in English, mathematics, and a choice of business studies or science
      • Two cooperative education credits tied to the sector
  • Six sector-recognized certifications and/or training courses/programs (three compulsory and a choice of three electives)
  • Experiential learning and career exploration activities within the sector
  • Reach ahead experiences connected with the student’s post-secondary plans
  • Completion of Sector Partnered Contextualized Experience (SPCE) in ICE (Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship), mathematical literacy or coding

Agriculture Pathways Chart

Sector-Recognized Certifications and/or Training Courses/Programs

Four Compulsory
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Level C - includes automated external defibrillation (AED) Customer service Standard First-Aid Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
Two electives from the list below
Business etiquette Cash handling and register training Counterfeit detection Effective networking
Equity and inclusion Ergonomics Ethical considerations Fraud prevention
Fundraising Health and safety - basic Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE) Leadership skills
Negotiation training Personality inventory Portfolio development Project management
Public speaking Retail representative Sector-specific software 1 Specialized business program/competition (e.g., regional or provincial level DECA, Junior Achievement Company Program, Stock Market Competition, Make Your Pitch, Summer Company Program)
Successful exhibiting

Notice: elective certification & training offerings vary between schools

Bundle of Grade 11 & 12 Credits

SHSM Credits
Apprenticeship College University Workplace
Gr.11 Gr.12 Gr.11 Gr.12 Gr.11 Gr.12 Gr.11 Gr.12
Business Major may include maximum of 1 Cooperative Education Credit 4 cr. 4 cr. 4 cr. 4 cr.
English 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr. 2 cr.
(One must be in Gr. 12)
Math 2 cr.
(One must be in Gr. 12)
2 cr.
(One must be in Gr. 12)
2 cr.
(One must be in Gr. 12)
1 cr.
Business Studies or Science or Additional Cooperative Education Credit 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr. 1 cr.
Cooperative Education 2 cr. 2 cr. 2 cr. 2 cr.
Total Number of Credits 9 cr. 9 cr. 9 cr. 9 cr.