Mathematics Contests

The Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) Contests - The CEMC is Canada's largest and most recognized outreach organization for promoting and creating activities and materials in mathematics and computer science. The CEMC is housed within the Faculty of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. It develops and administers many internationally recognized contests to help to inspire the next generation of students to develop an interest in and love for mathematics and computer science. 

The Sun Life Financial Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC) - The COMC is Canada's premier national mathematics competition that is open to any student with an interest in mathematics and a grasp of high school mathematics. Top performing students get invited to participate in the Repêchage or the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad (CMO).

Mathematica Centrum Contests - Elementary and Junior high contests created by the Mathematics Contest Centre headed by Marcel Lepore in Quebec. These contests are written in mid-April.  Prepatory tests are available online.

  • Thales (Gr. 3) and Byron-Germain (Gr. 4) contests are 45 minutes and 30 multiple choice questions.
  • Fibonacci (Gr. 5) is 60 minutes and 40 multiple choice questions.
  • Pythagoras (Gr. 6), Euler (Gr. 7), Lagrange (Gr. 8) and Newton (Gr. 9) are 75 mintes and 40 multiple choice questions.

Purple Comet! Math Meet - A free, online, team competition that takes place in mid-April.  Teams of 1 to 6 students can compete in either the Middle School or High School contests.  The Middle School contest is a 60 minute contest where students work to solve 20 problems.  The High School contest is a 90 minute contest where students work to solve 30 problems.  The contest can be written any time within a one week window.

Caribou Mathematics Competition – This is a world-wide online contest that is held six times throughout the school year (one Wednesday each month from Oct-May).  Each of these days, five contests are offered, one for each of the grade levels 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10 and 11/12 and each one in English, French and Persian. Contests can be started between 7:30AM and 3:30PM. Students are given 60 minutes to complete a number of multiple choice problems.

Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest - The purpose of this competition is to introduce youngsters from grade 1 to grade 12 to math challenges in a fun and enjoyable way, thus inspiring their further interest and advancement in mathematics.  The Halifax contest typically takes place in early March at Dalhousie University.

The Math League - The Canadian National Mathematics League High School Contest is a series of 6 monthly (October to March), 6 question contests.  Each contest lasts 30 minutes. The contest is also available at lower grade levels.

The Art of Problem Solving Wiki maintains an extensive list mathematics competitions and contests from Canada, the US and other countries. 

These resources were brought to the attention of the MTA.  The MTA does not officially endorse any resources or conferences listed above- this is for information purposes only for MTA users.