Media Release – December 4, 2023
Canadian Mathematical Society

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

OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is thrilled to announce the results of the Canada Jay Mathematics Contest 2023 (CJMC). This is the fourth year that the Canadian Mathematical Society has organized this competition for elementary and middle school students. Nearly 3000 students participated in the CJMC on November 16. The CMS is grateful to its sponsors and partners who, once again, helped engage young people in this national and international mathematical activity.

The Chair of the CMS-CJMC Committee, Dr. Nicolae Strungaru of MacEwan University, is pleased with the results of the competition:

It is encouraging to see so many young enthusiastic participants to this contest, and to see so many of them doing very well on this contest. I am looking forward to seeing you again next year!


2023 Canada Jay Results

The median score for the 2023 CJMC was 40 with a top quartile score of 57.

64 students obtained perfect scores this year. Congratulations!

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 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
or Dr. Nicolae Strungaru (MacEwan)
Chair, CMS-CJMC Committee
Canadian Mathematical Society