Closing the Gap – CMS Inclusion Initiative

CMS has vowed to reaffirm its commitment to a future for the mathematical community where the voices of Black and Indigenous mathematicians and STEM professionals are better reflected. As part of CMS Inclusion Initiative, the Society will invite Black and Indigenous students to participate in the Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC) and the Canada Jay Mathematical Competition (CJMC) at no cost. This is an opportunity for students to engage with mathematics and STEM activities and have their mathematical talent recognized.

We invite all math teachers, school principals, and any other willing proctors to nominate students identifying as Black or Indigenous to take part in this competition.

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Registration for the 2022 Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC), and the 2022 Canada Jay Mathematical Competition (CJMC) opens in September. You may nominate students to participate free of charge through the Closing the Gap program at any time throughout the year. CMS staff will keep your nomination on record and reach out to you.


Students who identify as Black or Indigenous; students must be Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents and must also fulfill the COMC-specific and the CJMC-specific eligibility criteria.

Prizes and Awards

Eligible students will be qualified for merit-based awards and prizes. Anyone writing the COMC in Canada is also eligible for random participation prizes.

CMS Closing the Gap Webinar Series

Starting in 2020, the CMS offered free webinars to Black and Indigenous students and their educators and caregivers. Some of these webinars are preparatory courses for students taking part in the competitions, others discuss ways of engaging with mathematics that takes account of different knowledge systems, and some are aimed at educators and caregivers and discuss equity in mathematics and unconscious biases in education system.

The following webinars took place in 2020:


October 14, 2020, 6:00 PM EDT

October 22, 2020, 6:30 PM EDT