Awards are only given to official participants (see our Eligibility page for details).
There are two divisions: Canadian Awards, which is only for participants writing the exam from within Canada; and International Awards, which is only for participants writing it outside of Canada.
Canadian Award categories:
We have award categories for Best in Canada and Best in Province and Best in Region for all students as well as for students at each grade. For instance,
- Best in Canada Overall: all official participants (regardless of grade) in Canada compete for this, the most prestigious category
- Best in Canada, Grade XI: all Grade XI students in Canada compete for this
- Best in BC (overall): all official participants (regardless of grade) in BC
- Best in BC, Grade XII: all Grade XII students in BC
- Best in Toronto (overall): all official participants in Toronto-area schools
- Best in Toronto, Grade XII: All grade XII and Cégep students in Toronto compete for this category
The top six unique scores in any category earn awards: Gold, Silver, Bronze, Honourable Mention.
A total cash prize pool of $2000 will be divided among the top students in Canada.
The top official participants from outside Canada are considered for the international awards division, which is not grade-dependent. The top three unique scores are given Gold, Silver or Bronze. Additionally, any international student who achieves at least a score as high as the lowest Best in Canada Overall Honourable Mention will receive an Honourable Mention award in the International division.
The CMS reserves the right to suspend awards or limit the number of awards in any category where there is a very low level of participation or to require a minimum limit score for awards.
The top students who are Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents (independent of grade or where they live or attend school) will be invited to participate in the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad (CMO) competition. Students who perform well on the CMO are selected for Math Team Canada, which represents Canada at the International Math Olympiad (IMO) the following summer.
Approximately the top 50 COMC students are invited to write the CMO. The next approximately 75 COMC students are invited to write the CMO Qualifying Repêchage. Approximately the top 10-15 students from the Repêchage will also be invited to write the CMO.
Competition results will be shared with our partner universities to help them consider offering academic scholarships to high-potential students.
Approximately 24 Canadian students in grade 8, 9 or 10 with strong performance on the COMC will be invited to the summer CMS Canada Math Camp (CMC) hosted by the University of Toronto.
Canadian students who demonstrate solid performance at their grade level in their region or province may be invited to a summer regional CMS Math Camp staged in collaboration with a CMS university partner in their province.
When the final results are announced, teachers/organizers will be able to log into their accounts to download and print the Participation certificates for all their students.
Certificate titles are based on the quartile into which the student's score falls:
- 1st quartile = Performance with Distinction
- 2nd quartile = Performance with Honours
- 3rd or 4th quartile = Certificate of Participation
Anyone writing the COMC in Canada is also eligible for participation prizes. A number of prizes will be distributed to participants nationally.
Additional prizes may be awarded at the discretion of the COMC Committee.
The chance of winning a prize depends on the respective number of national, provincial, or regional participants.
In recognition of the valued contributions made by teachers in facilitating COMC student participation, teachers in Canada will be eligible for a limited number of generously donated prizes from Maplesoft , prizes from Nelson Education and prizes from the Canadian Mathematical Society.
Maplesoft is pleased to provide a limited number of eligible teachers with a complimentary 1-year license of Maple 2017 to use in their classrooms. While supplies last, this offer is available to teachers in Canada who complete and pay for their COMC exam order by the payment deadline. Within the body-text of emailed payment receipts, eligible teachers will receive instructions on how to apply for a complimentary software license.
Nelson Education is pleased to offer four copies of their popular book Teaching Mathematical Thinking: Tasks & Questions to Strengthen Practices and Processes.
The Canadian Mathematical Society will be providing a number of volumes from our problem solving series A Taste of Mathematics (ATOM). Winners will be able to choose from the following titles (or you can order them from the CMS):
- Mathematical Olympiads' Correspondence Program (1995-96) by Edward J. Barbeau.
- Algebra Intermediate Methods by Bruce L.R. Shawyer.
- Problems for Mathematics Leagues by Peter I. Booth, John McLoughlin and Bruce L.R. Shawyer.
- Inequalities by Edward J. Barbeau and Bruce L.R. Shawyer.
- Combinatorial Explorations by Richard Hoshino and John McLoughlin.
- More Problems for Mathematics Leagues by Peter I. Booth, John McLoughlin and Bruce L.R. Shawyer.
- Problems of the Week by Jim Totten.
- Problems for Mathematics Leagues III by Peter I. Booth, John McLoughlin and Bruce L.R. Shawyer.
- The CAUT Problems by Edward Barbeau.
- Modular Arithmetic by Naoki Sato.
- Problems for Junior Mathematics Leagues by Bruce L.R. Shawyer & Bruce B. Watson.
- Transformational Geometry by Edward Barbeau.
- Quadratics and Complex Numbers by Edward J. Barbeau.
- Sequences and Series by Margo Kondratieva with Justin Rowsell.
- Géométrie plane, avec des nombres par Michel Bataille.
- Recurrence Relations by Iliya Bluskov.
Prize winners will be contacted in January after being randomly selected from the pool of eligible teachers.
All teachers in Canada who have registered students (official participants) for the COMC exam using their school account and unique email address are eligible for the Teacher Appreciation prize draws, provided all ordered exams are paid in full by the payment deadline.
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