On April 13th & 14th, 2016 Canadian Parents for French North Vancouver and the North Vancouver School District will host the annual District finals for the French public speaking competition, Concours d’art oratoire.


The Concours d’art oratoire is a long-standing CPF tradition in the North Vancouver School District. At the District finals (April 13-14, 2016), students in grades 6 through 12 from across the school district, will deliver the speech that won them first prize at their school. The winners from the District finals will then advance to the Provincial finals at SFU, Surrey Campus on May 7th. Senior high school students will then have a chance to attend the National finals in Gatineau, Québec on May 28th. The CPF Concours d’art oratoire offers hundreds of prizes to participants: university scholarships, trips to Ottawa, books, medals, merchandise, cash and more.

Concours d’art oratoire timeline

From February to April, Grade 6 to 12 teachers hold class competitions with all students participating if desired. Many teachers make Concours part of the curriculum.

Winners from the school competitions will participate in his year’s District finals, which will take place over two days: April 13th and 14th, 2016 at the Education Services Centre, 2121 Lonsdale Avenue.

Winners for each grade at the District level will proceed to the Provincial competition which takes place on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 at SFU Surrey Campus. Grade 12 winners will advance to the National Final, held in Gatineau, QC on May 28, 2016.

On Saturday, May 28, 2016, Canadian Parents for French will host the 14th annual public speaking competition, the National Concours d’art oratoire 2016, in Gatineau, Quebec. The competition brings together senior high school students from across Canada who will deliver the speech that won them first prize at the school, regional, and provincial/territorial levels.

2015 North Vancouver Provincial Finalists & Winners
Click here to read CPF BC & Yukon’s press release, listing all the North Vancouver finalists and winners

Concours FAQs
Click here to view CPF BC/Yukon’s FAQ page

Photos from 2015 Provincial Competition
240 students converged on SFU Surrey on May 2nd, 2015 to compete in the provincial Concours d’art oratoire competition. This Flickr album features the winners from each category.

Find out more about the Concours experience in this video, made at Provincial Concours 2013