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The National Essay Contest in now open!

What is the National Essay Contest?

Are you in Grade 10, 11 or 12 (secondaire IV, secondaire V or Cégep 1 in Quebec) and registered in a French program?

Do you need a little boost to continue your education in French after high school?

Take part in the National Essay Contest for the chance to win a scholarship ranging between $1,000 and $20,000 in one of the following post-secondary institutions:

University of Ottawa
Glendon campus
Sainte-Anne university
University of Montreal
Moncton university
Saint-Boniface university
   The university of British Columbia
Campus Saint-Jean
Simon Fraser University
   Laurentian University
Collège Boréal
University of Lethbridge
La cité University of Regina
Collège de l'île   

How to participate?

  • Write a 750-word essay on this year’s theme. For the 2020-2021 edition, the theme is:

         How has fake news changed your relationship with the media?



The return of dolphins and swans to Venice!

Have you heard that “nature is healing” during quarantine? Have you heard that deserted alleys and suburbs were visited by animals? Have you seen that dolphins and swans appeared in Venice’s canals in March? That’s right, photos and videos showing dolphins and swans swimming in the canals were published on Twitter with a text explaining their return was thanks to the reduction of pollution in Venice’s waters.

However, this information is not true! The photos and videos of the dolphins were taken in a port in Sardinia, several hundred kilometers away from Venice, and the swans are actually regulars of the canals of Burano, a small island located northeast of Venice!

This false information is just one example among many that have appeared these past years in the media and social networks, which now feed our daily lives.

→So, how has fake news changed your relationship with the media?


  • Submit your essay before December 18, 2020 by filling out our online form.

We strongly encourage you to read the Rules and Regulations as well as the Evaluation Grid before you start writing your essay.

Submit your essay now!


At the time of entry each entrant must indicate on their entry form into which of the two categories below he or she best fits:

Category 1: French Second Language (“FSL”): students whose first language is not French or students who are currently enrolled in Core French, Extended Core French, Basic French, French Immersion, or any other version or type of FSL program, available in their province or territory of residence, and who do not match any of the French First Language criteria.

Category 2: French First Language (“FFL”): students who satisfy one or more of the following criteria:

– whose first language is French;
– who speak, write and comprehend French with native fluency;
– who regularly speak French at home with one or both parents.
– who attend or have attended a French First Language school for more than 3 years within the past 6 years.

You’ll also have the chance to have your essay read by our sponsoring organization!

MediaSmarts/HabilomediasMediaSmarts is Canada’s centre for Digital and Media Literacy.  They’re a national, not-for-profit and registered charity, dedicated to digital and media literacy. For over 20 years, they have been developing programs and resources for homes, schools and communities. They believe that digital and media literacy are critical in supporting innovation, economic growth and an engaged citizenry in Canada. Their vision is that all Canadians have the critical thinking skills to engage with media as active and informed digital citizens.

Our three main areas of our focus include:


Developing and delivering high-quality, Canadian-based, bilingual resources.

Public awareness:

Leadership in advancing digital and media literacy in Canadian schools, homes and communities. Raising public awareness on issues related to digital and media literacy via public awareness campaigns and Media Literacy Week.

Research and policy:

Conducting research that contributes to the development of informed public policy on issues related to media and informs educational content.

They have free public resources available which are supported by original research; rooted in Canadian values and culture; linked to public policy; and developed in an education framework.

What’s next?

  • Essays will be marked by a panel of French teachers and our sponsoring organization, using the Evaluation Grid.
  • Winners will be announced at the beginning of March following the Contest.

If you teach French in Canada and you would like to be a part of our panel of judges for 2020-2021, please reach out to us by filling out this form.

Click here to read the 2019-2020 National Essay Contest winners’ essays!

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