The Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur would like you to know about the various components of its Culture-Education initiative. Take a look at some of the tools and resources you can use to carry out artistic and cultural projects in the classroom.


SOFAD (Société de formation à distance des commissions scolaires du Québec) is an organization that developed from the Ministère de l’Éducation mandate to provide distance education services between 1946 and 1995. Its creation, in 1996, was the result of the joint effort of the Ministère and the school boards.

SOFAD’s services are intended for francophone and anglophone school boards and the schools under their jurisdiction. SOFAD reports to a board of directors composed of representatives of school boards and educational institutions in Québec.

Twigg Music

Twigg Music, the specialist of wind instruments and concert percussions since 1958, with music stores in Montreal and Quebec City.


A non-profit organization, Société GRICS has been handling all of the computer management needs of the Quebec education sector for several decades.

In 1965, the Company’s “ancestor”, SIMEQ (Service informatique du ministère de l’Éducation du Québec), was created to deal with the Ministry of Education’s information processing needs. With time, the organization’s mission was changed to include the computer management requirements, both administrative and pedagogical, of all province’s school boards.

Over the years, the school boards assumed a dominant position within the organization and demonstrated a great deal of leadership, to the extent that, in 1985, the SIMEQ was privatized and the boards took charge of the organization, which then became Société GRICS (Gestion du réseau informatique des commissions scolaires).

Since that time, the Company’s board of Directors has included twelve school boards representatives from all regions in the province.

Today, Société GRICS is one of the most important businesses in the field of Information Technologies in Quebec.

LifeTouch Portraits

For nearly 80 years, Lifetouch has been the professional photography choice for schools and families. With Canadian offices headquartered in Winnipeg, MB, the Canadian operations organized around school photography.
Built on the tradition of “Picture Day,” Lifetouch National School Studios captures smiling faces, kindergarten through high school graduation. Product lines include school picturessportseventsgrads and yearbooks.