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Business Studies

Why Take Grade 9 Business?

Business activity affects the daily lives of all Canadians as they work, spend, save, invest, travel and play. It influences jobs, incomes, and opportunities for personal enterprise. Business has a significant effect on the standard of living and quality of life of Canadians, and on the environment in which they live and which future generations will inherit. Eventually, all students will encounter the world of business, whether they work in urban or rural areas. They must be prepared to engage in business activity with confidence and competence. Young people need to understand how business functions, the role it plays in our society, the opportunities it generates, the skills it requires, and the impact it can have on their own lives and on society, today and in the future.

The Goals of Business Studies:
The fundamental purpose of the business studies program is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to achieve success in secondary school, the workplace, post-secondary education or training, and daily life.

The goals of the business curriculum are to enable students to:

  • gain an understanding of business concepts through the study of subjects such as accounting, entrepreneurship, information and communication technology (ICT), international business, marketing, and business leadership;
  • achieve business, economic, financial, and ICT literacy;
  • develop the skills, including critical thinking skills, and strategies required to conduct research and inquiry and communicated findings accurately, ethically, and effectively;
  • apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired through the study of business to a variety of learning tasks and relate them to business phenomena on the local, national, and global levels;
  • develop lifelong learning skills that will help them adapt to technological advancements, the changing workplace, and the global economy;
  • make connections that will help them to take advantage of potential post-secondary education, work, and business opportunities.

Five Critical Areas of Learning in All Business Studies Courses:
The business studies curriculum in Grades 9 to 12 offers a range of courses, all built on the belief that effective learning in all subjects of the discipline depends on the development of knowledge and skills in five critical areas: business skills, communication in a business environment, digital literacy, financial literacy, and ethical, moral, and legal considerations in business.