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Canadian Mathematical Society Competitions

Competitions are an important part of learning mathematics and a fun activity for students of all ages. The CMS supports math competitions in many ways; running our own competitions to funding regional competitions to supporting Canadian involvement in international competitions. We also provide a wide variety of resources for students to prepare for competitions. Students are able to register for more than one competition if they wish to do so.

News

IMO 2024: Meet Math Team Canada!

(May 14, 2024) OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is excited to announce that Canada’s top six math students have been selected to form Math Team Canada 2024 and compete at the upcoming 65th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).

GREAT SUCCESS FOR GIRLS’ MATH TEAM CANADA AT THE 2024 EUROPEAN GIRLS MATHEMATICAL OLYMPIAD

(Apr 19, 2024) OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is proud and excited to announce the success of the Girls’ Math Team Canada, who brought home three silver medals and one bronze medal from the 2024 European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO).

THE 2024 CMO/CJMO RESULTS ARE IN!

(Apr 9, 2024) OTTAWA, Ontario - The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is pleased to announce the results of the 56th Canadian Mathematical Olympiad (CMO).

CANADIAN TEAM CHOSEN FOR 2024 EUROPEAN GIRLS’ MATHEMATICAL OLYMPIAD

(Mar 8, 2024) OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is excited to reveal the members of Girls’ Math Team Canada, set to compete in the 2024 European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO).

IMO 2024: Meet Math Team Canada!

(May 14, 2024) OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is excited to announce that Canada’s top six math students have been selected to form Math Team Canada 2024 and compete at the upcoming 65th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).

GREAT SUCCESS FOR GIRLS’ MATH TEAM CANADA AT THE 2024 EUROPEAN GIRLS MATHEMATICAL OLYMPIAD

(Apr 19, 2024) OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is proud and excited to announce the success of the Girls’ Math Team Canada, who brought home three silver medals and one bronze medal from the 2024 European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO).

THE 2024 CMO/CJMO RESULTS ARE IN!

(Apr 9, 2024) OTTAWA, Ontario - The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is pleased to announce the results of the 56th Canadian Mathematical Olympiad (CMO).

CANADIAN TEAM CHOSEN FOR 2024 EUROPEAN GIRLS’ MATHEMATICAL OLYMPIAD

(Mar 8, 2024) OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is excited to reveal the members of Girls’ Math Team Canada, set to compete in the 2024 European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO).

Another Successful Edition of the Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge!

(Jan 15, 2024) OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is pleased to announce the results of the 2023 Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC).

The results for the Canada Jay Mathematical Competition are now available!

(Dec 4, 2023) OTTAWA, ON - The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is thrilled to announce the results of the Canada Jay Mathematics Contest 2023 (CJMC).

THE FIRST CANADA LYNX MATHEMATICAL COMPETITION WAS A HUGE SUCCESS!

(Oct 13, 2023) OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is pleased to announce the results of the 2023 Canada Lynx Mathematical Competition (CLMC).

MATH TEAM CANADA OBTAINS IMPRESSIVE RESULTS AT THE 2023 INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICAL OLYMPIAD (IMO)

(Jul 17, 2023) OTTAWA, Ontario – The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is proud to share Math Team Canada’s results from the 64th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Chiba, Japan. This year, Math Team Canada placed 5th out of 112 countries.

SIX TOP MATHLETES SELECTED FOR MATH TEAM CANADA 2023

(Jun 12, 2023) The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is pleased to announce that Canada’s top six math students will compete at the 64th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).

DR. DORETTE PRONK NAMED 2023 GRAHAM WRIGHT AWARD RECIPIENT

(Jun 8, 2023) OTTAWA, Ontario - The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Dorette Pronk (Dalhousie University) has been named the recipient of the 2023 Graham Wright Award for Distinguished Service.

The CMS Launches the Canada Lynx Mathematical Competition

(May 11, 2023) The Canadian Mathematical Society is excited to announce the launch of the the Canada Lynx Mathematical Competition (CLMC). 

All Members of the Canadian Girls' Math Team Win Medals at the 2023 European Girls Mathematical Olympiad

(Apr 28, 2023) The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is pleased to announce that the Girls’ Math Team Canada has won two Silver Medals and two Bronze Medals at the 2023 European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO).

Young Mathematicians Recognized for Their Creative Mathematical Solutions at the 2023 Canadian Mathematical Olympiad and Canadian Junior Mathematical Olympiad

(Apr 18, 2023) OTTAWA, Ontario: The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is pleased to announce the results of the 55th Canadian Mathematical Olympiad (CMO), Canada’s premier advanced mathematics competition.

Canadian Team Chosen for 2023 European Girls Mathematic Olympiad

(Apr 11, 2023) The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is pleased to announce the members of the Canadian team to compete in the 2023 European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO).

Call for Competition Volunteers

(Jan 9, 2023) The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is looking for competition focused volunteers and leaders to help with the European Girls Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO) and International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) programs. The CMS needs volunteers who are passionate about competition problem solving and enjoy working with young students (ages 12-17). CMS is looking for both trainers and leaders to help with these competitions.

Six Top Mathletes Selected for Math Team Canada 2022

(Jul 6, 2022) The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is pleased to announce that Canada’s six top math students are on their way to compete at the 62nd International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).

The 2021 Canadian Open Mathematics Competition was a huge Success

(Jan 24, 2022) The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is pleased to announce the results of the 2021 Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC).

How does it work?

The competitions during the fall season (CLMC, COMC and CJMC) are open competitions, any student within the designated age group may participate.

Starting in the winter season, typically January, invitation-only competitions begin.

Please see below for general details regarding each of the competitions, including links to learn more and to register.

Canada Lynx Mathematical Competition (CLMC)

The Canada Lynx Mathematical Competition is the CMS’ newest competition, it is open to students in grades K-12. It is based off of the Canadian grade 7 to 11 math curriculum. This competition is meant to make math fun and engaging for students, while also serving as a great way for teachers to assess their students math level at the beginning to the year.

The CLMC will be held on Thursday, October 3rd, 2024. Registration will open on or around September 3rd, 2024.

To learn more about the CLMC, please click here.

Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC)

The Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC) is Canada’s premier national mathematics competition open to any student with an interest in and grasp of high school math. It is also the first exam on the road to the International Mathematical Olympiad. The purpose of the COMC is to encourage students to explore, discover, and learn more about mathematics and problem solving. The competition serves to provide teachers with a unique student enrichment activity during the fall term.

The COMC will be held on Wednesday, October 30th, 2024 and is the first step on the road to the IMO! Registration will open on or around September 3rd, 2024.

To learn more about the COMC, please click here.

Canada Jay Mathematical Competition (CJMC)

The Canada Jay Mathematical Competition (CJMC) is a Canadian math competition that was created in 2020 to reach younger students. The CJMC is open to students in grades K-8, with questions based primarily on grade 5-8 curriculum. This competition has been created by mathematicians from across Canada.

The CJMC will be held on Thursday, November 21st, 2024. Registration will open on or around September 3rd, 2024.

To learn more about the CJMC, please click here.

The Canadian Mathematical Olympiad Qualifying Repêchage (CMOQR or just Repêchage) is an invitation-only contest that serves as a qualifier for the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad (CMO).

Students participating in the Repêchage receive a set of problems whose solutions must be submitted within a week of receipt. Students who do well on the Repêchage are then invited to write the CMO.

The 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.

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

  1. The 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 15-20 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.

Canadian Junior Mathematical Olympiad (CJMO)

The Canadian Junior Mathematical Olympiad (CJMO) is an Olympiad style competition for younger students. Like for the CMO, the invitation to the CJMO is based on the results of the COMC and the Repêchage. Invitees will be the top students in grade 10 and below. Invitations to the CJMO are sent out after the Repêchage has been graded. The CJMO exam is written at the same time as the CMO.

International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

Based on the results from the COMC, the CMO and other national and international mathematics competitions and camps, the Canadian Mathematical Society IMO Committee will then select six students as part of Math Team Canada to travel to, and compete in, the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).

European Girls' Mathematical Olympiads

The top COMC female contestants will also qualify to be part of Girls’ Math Team Canada to represent Canada at the European Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO). EGMO is an international mathematics competition.

Thanks to our sponsors, the CMS is now able to support the participation of Black and Indigenous students by covering the cost of their exams through our Closing the Gap Initiative.

This opportunity has been made possible by Royal Bank of Canada and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).