National Essay Contest Food


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OTTAWA, October 5, 2021– French for the Future is very pleased to announce that the 2021 edition of its National Essay Contest (CNR) has been launched. The National Essay Contest helps teenagers to continue their studies in French after high school by offering them the chance to win a scholarship worth $1,000 to $20,000 in one of our 14 partner institutions.

Starting today, we are inviting all francophone and Francophile students in Grades 10 to 12 (secondary 4 to CÉGEP 1) to write a 750-word French-language essay to answer the following question:

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

Imagining tomorrow’s nutrition and food system

In the last years, there has been widespread awareness regarding the social, economic and environmental impacts of the food we eat and the way it is produced. Home gardening and even animal husbandry are becoming increasingly popular and local buying is on everyone’s lips. Agriculture and farming’s impact on the environment is a global issue that is becoming increasingly important. More than ever, food security is a major issue. 2021 was declared the United Nations International Year of Fruit and Vegetables in order to highlight these challenges.

It is for these reasons, but also because of the constant development of increasingly fascinating technologies, that French for the Future chose its question for the 2021 CNR. The question is rooted in our reality while opening the door to fantasy or science fiction scenarios. We believe that it will make young people think while giving them the freedom to answer in creative and pragmatic ways.

A program for everyone

So that every participant can start on the same foot, French for the Future allows teenagers to submit their essays in one of two categories, depending on their eligibility.

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.

After reading the rules and verifying the evaluation grid for the National Essay Contest 2021, participants have until December 17, 2021, to answer our question. Their essays will be assessed by a panel of independent judges composed of teachers from all corners of the country and the winners will be announced early March 2022.

$368,000 worth of scholarships to be won

By submitting their essays, participants in the 2021 National Essay Contest have the chance to win a scholarship worth $1,000 to $20,000 to study in one of 14 partner colleges and universities:

  • L’Université d’Ottawa (Ont.)
  • York University – Campus Glendon (Ont.)
  • L’Université Sainte-Anne (N.S.)
  • L’Université de Montréal (Qué.)
  • L’Université de Moncton (N.B.)
  • L’Université de l’Ontario français (Ont.)
  • L’Université de Saint-Boniface (Man.)
  • The University of British Columbia (B.C.)
  • The University of Alberta – Le Campus Saint-Jean (Alta.)
  • Simon Fraser University (B.C.)
  • The University of Lethbridge (Alta.)
  • Le Collège Boréal (Ont.)
  • L’Université de Régina – La Cité universitaire francophone (Sask.)
  • Le Collège de l’Île (P.E.I.)


Founded in 1997, French for the Future is a non-profit organization that encourages high school students to study and live in French. It promotes bilingualism in Canada, as well as the immediate and lifelong benefits of learning and communicating in French to students from grades 7 to 12.


Thank you to our partner institutions!