Mid-March, 2018, the official winners of the Contest will be announced on the French for the Future website.

We are pleased to announce that the Université de Montréal is joining the National Essay Contest as on of French for the Future’s partners!

The multidisciplinary Franco-Ontarian artist Stef Paquette, who is best known for his music, will be this year’s Contest’s Celebrity Judge! Learn more…



To properly celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, French for the Future’s National Essay Contest is looking to discover more than 150 cities and towns from around Canada by way of portraits of the cities written by their young inhabitants.

To create an original description of your city or town, ask yourself these questions:
     – What do I find special about my city?
     – What is my family’s history in this city?
     – What is my favourite spot in the city?
     – Where do I spend most of my time?
     – What is surprising about my city?
     – What do I love or hate about my city?
     – What is the historical Francophone presence in my city? Are there any interesting Francophone shops, etc.?

Tip: Avoid listing mundane facts and monuments in your city. We want to read about your experience in your city, not a tourist guidebook.

Show don’t tell!

To create vivid imagery and emotions for your reader, enrich your text with figurative language, such as metaphors, comparisons, personification, etc., as well as precise vocabulary.

Vary your sentence structures; don’t start every sentence with “he/she is/has…”

Write in a subjective manner; that is to say make it personal, by sharing your opinion. You could present a positive or negative opinion about your city (or something in between) by discussing its qualities or faults.

Don’t hesitate to give your text a light-hearted tone to captivate your reader!

Big or small, we want to get to know your city!
You don’t need to live in a city with a population of a few million people to make an interesting portrait! From populations of 4 people to almost 3 million, the variety of Canadian cities contributes to their intrigue. What is yours like?


Open to students in grades 10 to 12 across Canada (Secondary IV and V in Quebec), the Contest will award over $250,000 in scholarships, giving its winners the chance to pursue their postsecondary studies partially or completely in French.

The scholarships, valuing between $1,000 to $12,000, are offered in partnership with the following 9 postsecondary institutions:
– the University of Ottawa (ON)
– the Université Sainte-Anne (NS)
– the Université de Montréal (QC)
– the Université de Moncton (NB)
the Université Saint-Boniface (MB)
– the University of Alberta’s Campus Saint-Jean (AB)
– the University of Lethbridge (AB)
– Glendon College of York University (ON)
– Collège Boréal (ON)

(Read more about the participating institutions)


We are pleased to announce that the Université de Montréal is joining the National Essay Contest as French for the Future’s first partner from Québec. Université de Montréal is a francophone post-secondary institution of a cosmopolitan, cultured, scientific and creative nature. The institution is offering scholarships valid for any one of its locations that provides post-secondary education (Montréal, Laval, Saint-Hyacinthe, Mauricie, Longueuil, Outremont et Lanaudière). New exciting opportunities for our participants!


There are so many benefits associated with learning and using a language! I don’t see any reason why not to try your luck at French for the Future’s 13th National Essay Contest!‘ according to Stef Paquette.

Having recently turned 40, Stef Paquette has been taking time to hear his inner voice, write new songs and simply live life. The renowned Franco-Ontarian singer-songwriter is also well known as a radio host across Northeastern Ontario with Le Loup FM and an actor in the popular TV series Hard Rock Medical and Les Bleus de Ramville. But the Sudbury-born signer is still thrusting forward in his musical career as well.

A natural showman with a wacky sense of humour, Stef Paquette loves being on stage and his audiences love seeing him there. Alone with his guitar and harmonica or along with his band, he has been crisscrossing Canada for years, playing countless festivals, concerts, major events and  school workshops. In April 2015, his faithful fans were rewarded with a new online EP containing several songs that had previously been heard in live performances only.

In Fall 2015, with RADARTS and Coup de Cœur Francophone, Stef Paquette was on a big tour that brought him to 43 dates in 50 days going through 9 provinces and 1 territory from New Brunswick to Yukon.  First franco-ontarian artist to do the nation-wide tour, he shared the scene with Fred Pellerin for sold out concerts. In 2015, Stef Paquette garnered the Trille Or (French Ontario’s music industry awards) forBest Male Performer as well as nominations for the Best Singer-Songwriter and the Radio-Canada Public’s Choice awards. His charismatic stage presence and his ability to rally fans are widely recognized, as recently indicated by his Producers Choice award at the 2014 Contact Ontarois industry showcase and his 2013 Trille Or award for Best Album.

We are thrilled to have him as our Celebrity Judge for this year National Essay Contest!

Take a look at Stef Paquette’s message for you !