André-Pratte Prize

The Federal Idea is pleased to announce the creation of the André-Pratte Prize

The prize will be awarded each year to the young author who submits the best essay on federalism to The Federal Idea. The first André-Pratte Prize will be awarded at the end of April, 2017.


  • The winner must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada and be under 35 years of age.
  • The winner must submit an essay of a maximum of 2,000 words, by using the form below, at the latest by March 30th, 2017.
  • Essays may be written in English or in French.
  • Submissions must present a coherent argument regarding conceptual or concrete aspects of federalism as they are or could be practised in Canada or around the world. Just for example, appropriate topics could include: federalism and the protection of cultural diversity, the effects of Canadian federalism on environmental policies, federalism as a tool to overcome civil war, etc.

In addition to earning the $1,000* cash component of the prize, the winner will have their essay published by The Federal Idea.

The members of the selection jury for the 2017 André-Pratte Prize are Mrs Marie Bernard-Meunier and Mssrs. André Lecours, André Pratte, Patrice Ryan and Irvin Studin.

*Awarding of a cash prize has been made possible through the gift of Mr. Nicholas Hoare

Application form
  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx.
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