List of Essor Awards

Provincial Grand Prize

This prize is awarded to a project that satisfies, to an exceptional degree, the entire set of criteria associated with the Essor Recognition Awards.

A school that has won the Provincial Grand Prize is not eligible to receive this prize for the subsequent three years.


Partnership Prize

This prize is awarded to a project distinguished by a dynamic partnership between the school, cultural circles and other partners (associations, municipalities, organizations, businesses, etc.).


Culture Prize

This prize is awarded to a project that stands out for the quality of its artistic and cultural approach, and the relevance of the methods used to raise students’ cultural awareness.


Pedagogical Development Prize

This prize is awarded to a multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary project that demonstrates outstanding achievement in the way it makes pedagogical and cultural content in the Québec Education Program thoroughly accessible to students.


Isabelle-Aubin Prize

This prize is awarded to an imaginative and high-quality project that demonstrates outstanding commitment on the part of educators, partners and young people.


Innovation Prize

This prize is awarded to a project that stands out for its innovative approach and the importance placed on the student’s choices and initiatives.


Exposure Prize

This prize is awarded to a project that promotes the arts and culture, and in doing so, reaches a wide audience in both the school and the community.


Sustainable Development Prize

This prize is awarded to a project that demonstrates outstanding achievement in activities that encourage student involvement in matters relating to environmental protection, social equity and economic efficiency.

To learn more, consult the web page on sustainable development in the school system , available in French.


Cultural Mediator Prize

This prize is awarded to an outstanding project mentored by educators whose commitment to incorporating the cultural dimension is fully apparent at every stage of the process.


Horizon Prize

This prize is awarded to an outstanding project that encourages students to cultivate an open-minded attitude to social and cultural pluralism.


Cultural Citizenship Prize

This prix is awarded to an outstanding project that calls on students to develop a sense of cultural citizenship and to enrich the cultural life of their community.


Inspiration Prize

This prize is awarded to a project that embodies the cultural activities theme for the current school year in a rich and meaningful way.


Schools Host an Artist or Writer Prize

This prize is awarded to a project undertaken as part of the Schools Host an Artist or Writer component of the Culture in the Schools program that demonstrates outstanding achievement with regard to the experimental work of the students, the creative process of the artist and the impacts of the project.

Projects falling under the Schools Host an Artist or Writer component are only eligible for this prize.


Initiative Prize

This prize is awarded for the initiatives and vitality of the educational and cultural environments in the various regions of Québec.