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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.

    Registration is now closed

    STEP 1: School Board Online Registration

    Deadline: Online submissions must be received by Thursday, November 17, 2016

    STEP 2: School Board List of Finalists

    Deadline: Online submissions must be received by Monday, April 3, 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. Deadline: Friday, April 21, 2017

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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


    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 info@on.cpf.ca 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: 9:00am-4:00pm Description: Arts and 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; $175 for non members. Contact: cpf-brantford@gmail.com  


    Enfant Soleil

    Dates: August 14-18 Ages: 5-10 Location: P&H Centre - Lions Den, 269 7th Ave., Hanover Time: 9:00am-4:00pm Description: Crafts, outdoor play and activities, reading, cooking, drama, and more! Fee: Resident CPF members - $135.96; non-resident CPF members - $160.96 Contact: Alanda Lantz at alandalantz@hotmail.com  


    Camp Soleil

    Dates: August 8-11 Grades: 1 to 5 Location: Elgin Market Public School, 305 Queen St. S., Kincardine Description: tbd Fee: tbd Contact: Erica Everingham at frenchcampisfun@gmail.com



    Trillium South French Summer Camp

    Dates: July 24-28, July 31-August 4, August 8-11 Grades: Grade 1 – Grade 8 Location: tbd Time: tbd Description: tbd Fee: tdb Contact: Carly Dodgson at carly.dodgson@tldsb.on.ca  


    French 4 Tots Summer Camp

    Dates: July 10-August 11 Ages: SK - Grade Location: tbd Time: tbd Description: Arts and crafts, sports, trips,  swimming. Fee: $245 (for CPF members) Contact: info@french4tots.ca Website: www.french4tots.ca



    French Visual Arts Camp

    Dates: July 4-7, July 10-14; July 17-21 Ages: 6-12 Location: Holy Rosary Catholic School, Toronto Time: tbd Fee: tbd Contact: cpftorontomidtownwest@gmail.com

    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