The project

As one of the Canadian government’s Signature projects for the 150th anniversary of Confederation, La Dictée P.G.L. project features an exclusive collaboration with VIA Rail and the Ligue Nationale d’Improvisation (LNI).

From January to May 2017, high schools across Canada are invited to join in the activities where linguistic challenges will go head to head with heritage and cultural diversity.

Above all, Travelling through history will be an inclusive, festive and participatory experience as you can see with the poster for the project!


This project is aimed at:

  • High schools across Canada (secondary 1 to 5 / Grade 7 to 12)
  • French mother-tongue and FSL classes


Deadline to register for the 150th project: January 27, 2017 

Reserve your spot: register today by clicking here.

Dictation contest

For the contest, students will have the opportunity to put their knowledge of French to the test by taking part in dictations focusing on key moments in our history.

Each participating school will have its students write a dictation to determine the winners by school (one from grade 7, 8 or 9, and one from grade 10, 11 or 12) who will go on to compete in one of five regional finals online. Ten big winners will then be chosen to each receive a VIA Rail gift voucher valued at $500.

Writing contest

Participants will write a text in French on one of five topics in connection with the Canada’s 150th birthday to win one of six prizes.

NEW! Our guide, entitled “Exploring our history,” will help students thinking about their projects.

Festivities at VIA Rail stations with the LNI

The LNI will present a series of improv workshops and matches on historical topics and popular expressions in train stations (or nearby) across Canada (Halifax, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal) in May 2017.

In addition, LNI comedians will put on a big finale show at the Canadian Museum of History. These festivities will celebrate the winners of the dictation and writing contests.

To view the entire program, click HERE.

The Canadian History Hall

The Canadian Museum of History is proud to be chosen as the host venue for the grand finale of Dictée PGL for Canada 150 on May 26th, 2017. Canada’s history will also take centre stage at the Museum with the opening of the Canadian History Hall, on July 1, 2017. The new exhibition tells a fascinating story of conflict, struggle and loss, but also of accomplishment, success and hope. A must see!


Express yourself: send us your virtual creation!

facebookThis is a great opportunity for high school students to bring their regional history to life by taking a photo of their favourite place or making a one-minute video about the cultural and linguistic diversity of their region.

Their creations will be regularly shared on Dictée P.G.L.’s social media platforms between November 2016 and April 2017.

Five winners will be chosen from among all entries to receive a prize.

To find out more about Canada’s Francophonie and history, visit the following Web sites:
Alliance des radios communautaires du Canada (ARC du Canada)
– Are you looking for new activities in French for your students? Discover FRANCOLAB!
– Take note: The Canadian History Hall opens soon!



Contact Caroline Cantin, Project Manager, La Dictée P.G.L., today!

ccantin@fondationpgl.ca / 514-288-3888 ext, 240


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