Media Release – December 15, 2022
Canadian Mathematical Society

The Results for the Third Annual Canada Jay Mathematical Competition are now Available

OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is pleased to announce the results of the 2022 Canada Jay Mathematical Competition (CJMC). This is the third year that the Canadian Mathematical Society has organized this competition for elementary and middle school students. This year, the CMS observed an almost 50% increase in participation. Almost 4000 students wrote the CJMC on November 17, 2022. The CMS is grateful for its sponsors and partners who have helped engage youth in this mathematical activity on a national and international level.

As in prior years, the CJMC was available to be written in two formats, paper and virtual. The virtual platform for the exam makes it accessible regardless of geographic location and allows students to self-register.

The CMS-CJMC Committee Chair, Shawn Godin is pleased with the results of the competition:

We are very happy to see the number of participants in the contest grow from year to year. The Canada Jay Mathematical Competition is quickly becoming an enjoyable Fall tradition for future mathematicians from across Canada and around the world. 

Dorette Pronk, CMS Competitions Committee Chair continues to be encouraged by “the wonderful atmosphere and excitement that continue to surround the competition” and looks forward to continuing this competition for young mathematicians for years to come.

2022 Canada Jay Results

The median score for the 2022 CJMC was 45/80 with a top quartile score of 60/80.

60 students obtained perfect scores this year.

Further statistics are available on the Competition web site. A full list of the top students in each grade and region are available on the Awards page.

The CMS Inclusion Initiative

Thanks to the financial support of the Actuarial Foundation of Canada and the RBC Future Launch program, the Canadian Mathematical Society could offer free registration to Black and Indigenous students. The CMS is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in mathematics and encourages teachers to inform their students of this initiative.

About the Canada Jay Mathematical Competition

Canada Jay Mathematical Competition (CJMC) is our newest Canadian math competition 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.  It was renamed in 2022 from the original name Canadian Mathematical Gray Jay Competition (CMGC) to match the renaming of the Canada Jay bird.

The problems are meant to be a fun fall activity for students and teachers to complement their math curriculum and build students’ problem solving skills. The CJMC offers engaging problems that allow for discussion after the competition and get students excited about math. The competition has 15 questions which take place over 90 minutes. It consists of 3 blocks of 5 questions with an increasing level of difficulty from beginning to end.

About the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS)

Founded in 1945, the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) promotes the advancement, discovery, learning and application of mathematics. The CMS promotes mathematics through a rich array of activities including scientific meetings, publications, awards, prizes, grants, camps and competitions.

For more information on the Canada Jay Mathematical Competition, please contact:

Dr. Dorette Pronk (Dalhousie)

Chair, CMS-Competitions Committee

Canadian Mathematical Society


Shawn Godin

Chair, CMS-CJMC Committee

Canadian Mathematical Society