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The CMO is sponsored by
Sun Life Financial

The Sun Life Financial Canadian Mathematical Olympiad (CMO) is Canada's premier national advanced mathematics competition. Candidates require an invitation from the Canadian Mathematical Society in order to participate.

 
 

Invitation

Candidates require an invitation from the Canadian Mathematical Society in order to participate:

  1. The Sun Life Financial Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC) is the main qualifier for the CMO. Normally, the top 50 qualifying students from the COMC receive a direct invitation to write the CMO.
  2. Approximately the top 10-15 competitors from the CMO Qualifying Repêchage (CMOQR) earn invitations to the CMO.
  3. Normally, the top 3 students from the Alberta High School Mathematics Competition (Part II) and le Concours de l'Association Mathématique du Québec are invited to write the CMO.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible to write the CMO and receive prizes, the student:

  • must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada who is in full-time attendance at an elementary or secondary school, or CEGEP since September of the year prior to the CMO;
  • be less than 20 years old as of June 30 of the year of the CMO; and
  • must not have written the Putnam Competition.

Students who write the CMO agree to allow the CMS to publish their names and schools when announcing contest results.

Prizes

The First Prize winner in the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad receives the Sun Life Cup and $2,000. In addition, the Second Prize winner receives $1,500, the Third Prize winner receives $1,000 and students earning an Honourable Mention (approximately six students) receive $500 each.

Preparing for the CMO

It is important to emphasize that any student who is invited to write the CMO should be aware that success will require mathematics at a higher level than is taught in most schools, and therefore should prepare specifically for the competition. The CMS has several resources available for competitors.

Past Competitions

Test Papers
2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995
1994 1993 1992 1991 1990 1989 1988 1987 1986 1985
1984 1983 1982 1981 1980 1979 1978 1977 1976 1975
1974 1973 1972 1971 1970 1969
Solutions
2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005
2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995
1994

Oversight of the CMO

The Canadian Mathematical Olympiad is managed by the CMO Committee of the Canadian Mathematical Society. The terms of reference it operates under can be found here.

Annual competition reports can be found here.

To report errors or omissions for this page, please contact competitions@cms.math.ca.


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