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OTTAWA, November 17, 2021French for the Future’s National Essay Contest closes in a month! The Contest is a great opportunity for teenagers in grades 10, 11 and 12 (secondary 4 to CÉGEP 1 in Quebec) to practice their French while having the opportunity to continue their post-secondary studies partially or completely in French in one of French for the Future’s 14 partner universities:

  • University of Ottawa (ON)
  • Glendon Campus of York University (ON)
  • Université Sainte-Anne (NS)
  • Université de Montréal (QC)
  • Université de Moncton (NB)
  • Université de l’Ontario français (ON)
  • Université de Saint-Boniface (MB)
  • The University of British Columbia (BC)
  • University of Alberta’s Campus Saint-Jean (AB)
  • Simon Fraser University (BC)
  • Collège Boréal (ON)
  • University of Lethbridge (AB)
  • La Cité universitaire francophone, University of Regina (SK)
  • Collège de l’Île (PE)

Applicants have a chance to win one of 96 bursaries ranging from $1,000 to $20,000, for a total value of $368,000, to continue their post-secondary education in French at one of the 14 partner institutions across Canada. Interested students have until December 17, 2021 to submit their essays on our website.

By promoting French-language study programs that exist across the country, French for the Future aims at encouraging young people to continue making a place for their Francophonie after high school.

How to participate?

To try to win one of the 96 available bursaries, students must write a 750-word essay in French on the following subject:

In a future where everything is possible, how will the food we eat and the way it is produced have changed?

Essays can be submitted in one of the two categories:

  • French first language: Students studying in a francophone school or speaking mainly French at home,
  • French Second Language: Students studying in an anglophone school, enrolled in an immersion program, enrolled in a core French program and/or mainly speaking a language other than French at home.

The 96 winners will be selected by a panel of judges during winter, and announced in March 2022.

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French for the Future is a pan-Canadian non-profit organization promoting Canada’s official bilingualism and the benefits of learning and communicating in French to students in grades 7 to 12 in Canada through a variety of programs, bursaries and activities that are 100% free.
Founded in 1997 by John Ralston Saul and Lisa Balfour Bowen, French for the Future reaches thousands of Francophone and Francophile students through multiple activities, both locally and nationally.

For more information, please contact Maëlle Martin, marketing and communications coordinator by e-mail at

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