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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 2017

    Our 33rd annual Concours et festival d'art oratoire will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at York University's Glendon Campus in Toronto.

    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 on June 3, 2017 in Ottawa. This year we are pleased to introduce a new category to Le Concours et festival d’art oratoire. Click on the green text to learn more about the new Impromptu Category. Please be advised that a student cannot compete in both the traditional Concours and the Impromptu Category.

    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 32nd annual event in 2016, over 270 students from 24 school boards and 8 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.


    Online registration is now available for school boards to participate in the 2017 Concours et festival d’art oratoire. Click on the green title below to register online.

    STEP 1: School Board Online Registration

    (Online submissions must be received by Thursday, November 17th, 2016)

    STEP 2: School Board List of Finalists

    (Online submissions must be received by Monday, April 3rd, 2017)

    STEP 3: Student Information Form

    (For parents/guardians to complete for students moving on to the provincial concours on May 6, 2017, in Toronto)

    Additional Information

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    School Board Information

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    Parent & Teacher Information 

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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Click here for FAQs.   Please contact Tanzila Mian if you require more information. E: tmian@on.cpf.ca T: 905.366.1012, x 4 or 1.800.667.0594 x 4.    

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  • French & Bilingual Camps

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    Some of life’s best memories are made at camp!

    CPF Ontario is proud to provide great opportunities for students to use and improve their French. With the support of our community Chapters, parent volunteers, partners and members, CPF Ontario hosts a number of sponsored summer French camps each year throughout Ontario.  In 2016, over 900 children attended a CPF Ontario-sponsored camp. Stay tuned for 2017 summer camp location details and programming updates available next spring.

    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. Iwas developed and is maintained by Canadian Parents for French (Ontario).  

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  • CPF Ontario-Sponsored French Camps


    Another Summer Success!

    Supporting French Summer Camps

    CPF Ontario provides great opportunities for students to use and improve their French at summer camps each year.  In 2016, our CPF Ontario-sponsored French camps offered 53 weeks of day camp to over 2,800 children across the province. These camps offered a variety of fun themes and activities; they also created excellent job opportunities for FSL students. This summer, our Toronto and Lindsay Chapters received funding to subsidize participation in their French summer camps and ensured that the maximum number of students benefited. Merci beaucoup to CPF Chapters, Camp Tournesol and to all of the parent and student volunteers who organized these camps!

    Stay Tuned...

    CPF Ontario-sponsored summer camps provide excellent opportunities for children to learn and use their French during the summer.  Stay tuned for your next opportunity to make fun summer memories when we announce our 2017 camps in February.

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  • Educational Exchanges & Excursions

    Travel and learn French!

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CPF National Youth Activities