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CPF’s youth activities are truly the heart of our programming.

CPF National Concours d’art oratoire

CPF National Concours d’art oratoire awards five students from across Canada with a $20,000 scholarship to the University of Ottawa.

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  • Le Concours et festival d’art oratoire - Traditional Division

    Our 34th annual Concours et festival d'art oratoire will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at York University's Glendon Campus in Toronto.

    Parent & Teacher Information

    Click on the green titles below to access the following information: The Concours et festival d'art oratoire is an annual French public-speaking event for students from grades 4 through 12 studying French as a Second Language in Ontario schools.  It is organized by the Ontario Modern Language Teachers' Association and Canadian Parents for French (Ontario).  There are four categories - Core, Extended, Immersion and Francophone.  Students in grades 4 through 8 participate in the non-competitive festival event in the morning and students in grades 9 through 12 participate in the competitive concours format in the afternoon for cash prizes.  Winners from the grade 11-12 categories move on to represent Ontario at the CPF National competition held in Ottawa. Click on the green text to learn more about the Impromptu Division. Please be advised that a student cannot compete in both the Traditional and the Impromptu Divisions.

    History of Concours

    This event began in 1975 in the Ottawa-Carleton area and expanded to a provincial event when the Ontario Modern Language Teachers' Association (OMLTA) and Canadian Parents for French (CPF) joined forces in 1985 as co-sponsors. The Concours et Festival d'art oratoire is an opportunity to integrate public speaking into regular classroom activity and to involve community members outside the classroom for judging and administration of classroom and school level events. With the current emphasis on voluntarism in education, Concours et Festival d'art oratoire presents new opportunities for teachers, administrators and secondary students to become involved.

    Click to watch Alice talk about her experience at CPF's Concours d'art Oratoire

    At the 33rd annual event in 2017, over 306 students from 24 school boards and 12 independent schools across Ontario participated at the provincial event at York University’s Glendon College in Toronto. At the classroom level, our estimates show that over 20,000 students across Ontario took part in French Second-Language public speaking.



    STEP 2: School Board List of Finalists

    Deadline: Online submissions must be received by April 3, 2018

    STEP 3: Student Information Form

    For parents/guardians to complete for students moving on to the provincial concours on May 5, 2018, in Toronto. Deadline is April 6, 2018. The decision of the judges is final. No other ranking, comments or feedback will be given to the participants of our event. The judging forms remain the confidential property of CPF Ontario.

    Additional Information

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    School Board Information

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    Please contact Tanzila Mian if you require more information. E: [email protected] T: 905.366.1012, x 4 or 1.800.667.0594 x 4.    

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  • French & Bilingual Camps


    CPF Ontario Sponsored French Camps

    These camps are following the policy and procedures set out by our organization which include the following requirements: - The camps must hire qualified bilingual staff and must use bilingual volunteers. - All camp staff and volunteers over the age of 18 must have a Vulnerable Sector Check. - Both a Level C CPR course and a Standard Level First Aid course are required for at least one staff member at the camps depending on the number of campers. - Our campers are covered by our third-party liability insurance policy. Please email us at [email protected] or call us at 1-800-667-0594 x 1 if you have any questions.

    2017 Camps



    Camp d'été

    Dates: August 14-18 Grades: SK - Grade 8 Location: Mohawk Park Pavilion, Brantford Time: 8:00am-5:00pm Description: Crafts, games, outdoor play including a splash pad. Camp t-shirt, guest speakers, themed daily snack and a field trip! Fee: $150 for CPF members Contact: [email protected]  


    Les Petites Pommes

    Dates: July 17-August 18 Ages: 4-10 Location: Harcourt Memorial United Church, 85 Dean Ave., Guelph Time: 8:00am-5:00pm Description: Classroom seat work and worksheets, outdoor games, cooking and crafts Fee: $185 for CPF members Contact: [email protected]  


    Enfant Soleil

    Dates: August 14-18 Ages: 5-10 Location: Hanover P&H Centre - Lions Den, 269 7th Ave., Hanover Time: 9:00am-4:00pm Description: A summer recreation camp experience with games, songs, cooking crafts, story time, swimming, outings and more! Fee: Resident CPF members - $135.96; non-resident CPF members - $160.96 Contact: Alanda Lantz at [email protected]  


    Haliburton French Summer Camp

    Dates: July 10-14 Ages: 6-12 Location: Stuart Baker Elementary School, 1080 Grass Lake Road, Haliburton Time: 9:00am-4:30pm Description: Art, swimming, cooking, hiking, and outdoor games Fee: $125 for CPF members Contact: Vanessa Meraw at [email protected]  


    Camp Soleil

    Dates: August 8-11 Grades: 1 to 4 Location: Elgin Market Public School, 305 Queen St. S., Kincardine Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Description: Fun outdoor activities and excursions Fee: $125 for CPF members Contact: Erica Everingham at [email protected]



    Trillium South French Camp

    Dates: July 24-28, July 31-August 4, August 8-11 Grades: Grade 1 – Grade 8 (with at least 1 year of French experience - Core or French Immersion) NOTE: Camper(s) must be 6 years old at time of camp Location: Alexandra Public School, 65 Sussex St N., Lindsay Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Description: Enjoy a summer full of action-packed fun, exploration, and adventure, while being completely immersed in the French language! Fee: Age 6-12 $175/week (Week #3 - short week - $140.00) *There is a $15.00 discount for siblings Contact[email protected] Click here for more information.



    French 4 Tots Summer Camp

    Dates: July 10-August 11 Ages: 4 - 13 Locations: Frenchmen's Bay Public School, 920 Oklahoma Drive, Pickering and David Bouchard Public School, 460 Wilson Rd. S., Oshawa Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Description: Arts and crafts, sports, gym games and field trips. Fee: $245 for CPF members Contact: [email protected] Website:



    French Visual Arts Camp

    Dates: July 4-7, July 10-14; July 17-21 Ages: 6-12 Location: Holy Rosary Catholic School, Toronto Time: 8:30 am - 3:45 pm Description: Drawing, art and games in the gym Fee: $200 for CPF members Contact: [email protected]  

    Click HERE for the CPF Summer camp Listing 2017


    Find a camp experience TODAY by visiting French Street for a list of French camps offered in your community throughout the year across Ontario, Canada, and internationally for all ages!

    French Street_Logo-RGB-Large French Street is a unique online collection of French resources designed to support teachers, students and parents. This one-of-a-kind database provides French activities, camps, programs and more that will enhance the French Second Language (FSL) experience in the classroom and in the community. French Street is another milestone in CPF’s efforts to build awareness and understanding of Francophone culture through active participation in community activities all around us. It was developed and is maintained by Canadian Parents for French (Ontario).  

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  • Educational Exchanges & Excursions

    Travel and learn French!

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CPF National Youth Activities


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