The Concours d’art oratoire is a public speaking contest organized by Canadian Parents for French for secondary students in French programs across Canada. Every spring, an estimated 80,000 students take part in this annual competition. The provincial finals took place on April 27th at Cegep Gerald Godin in Ste-Genevieve, Quebec. CPF was pleased to welcome 56 students from the Lester B. Pearson, Sir Wilfrid Laurier and Western Quebec School Boards, as well as their parents and teachers. The students were divided into groups based on their French speaking ability. Here are the winners of each category.

Basic French – Yellow team

3rd: Mathew Young – Secondary 2 (Lindsay Place High School)
2nd: Isabel Tabah – Secondary 1 (Hadley Junior High School)
1st: Rachel Becher – Secondary 3 (Philemon Wright High School)

Immersion – Blue Team

3rd: Lucas Graham – Secondary 4 (Rosemere High School)
2nd: Sophie Gagnon – Secondary 2 (Rosemere High School)
1st: Alexandria Sasso – Secondary 5 (Rosemere High School)

Immersion + – Green Team

3rd: Sara Stante – Secondary 5 (Rosemere High School)
2nd: Jessica Richardson – Secondary 5 (Philemon Wright High School)
1st: Tyler Woodburn – Secondary 5 (Philemon Wright High School)

Enriched – Red Team

3rd: Mikaela Clement – Secondary 1 (Rosemere High School)
2nd: Maya Shah-Busby – Secondary 1 (John Rennie High School)
1st: Furaha-Safi Karubara – Secondary 2 (Hadley Junior High School)

Mother Tongue – Orange Team

3rd: Livia Delattre – Secondary 2 (Westwood Senoir High School)
2nd: Elliot Langlois – Secondary 1 (Rosemere High School)
1st: Amanda Peel – Secondary 5 (Philemon Wright High School)


The Secondary 5 first place winners will now advance to the national finals of the Concours d’art oratoire, held in Ottawa, ON on June 1, and take part in the competition that offers over $500,000 in scholarships to the University of Ottawa, the University of Moncton, the University of Prince Edward Island, the Université de Saint-Boniface and the Université Sainte-Anne

Better French language skills are a key aspiration for Quebec’s non-Francophone youth. The Concours program helps fulfill that aspiration by giving youth a meaningful forum in which to practice and develop confidence in their French language skills.

We would also like to thank our sponsors, Canadian Heritage, the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, French for the Future, Global Montreal, LEARN Quebec and the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) for their generous support in helping us provide such a meaningful opportunity for the participants of the Concours.

Canadian Parents for French ( is the national network of volunteers which values French as an integral part of Canada and which is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French second language learning opportunities for young Canadians.