MEDIA RELEASE — February 29, 2016

Canadian Mathematical Society

February 29, 2016

The 48th Sun Life Financial Canadian Mathematical Olympiad

to be held Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

OTTAWA, Ontario — In North America, South America, and Central America and in time zones covering these areas, the 48th Canadian Mathematical Olympiad (CMO) will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 noon on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 . Elsewhere in the world, the 3 hour writing period will be arranged in consultation with the CMS. All exams will be proctored by officials who are not family-related to any of the participants being supervised.


The CMO is open only to students who have received a direct invitation from the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS). The CMS will provide registration information to schools with eligible students in early March. Teachers must complete and submit the registration form with each student by March 18, 2016. Once registration is completed, the CMS will mail the competition kit directly to the exam proctoring official.


In order to be considered an official participant for the CMO and to qualify for awards and prizes the student:

  • Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is registered in full-time attendance at an elementary, secondary school, or CEGEP since September 15th, 2015;
  • Must be under 20 years old as of June 30, 2016; and
  • Must not have written the Putnam Competition as an official candidate.

Please note: An international student who is attending a Canadian elementary, secondary school or CEGEP may participate in the CMO as an unofficial participant and is not eligible for awards and prizes.


Canadian Award categories

All official participants studying in Canada compete for Canadian awards, which recognize high achievement independent of grade.

The best score in Canada is awarded Gold and wins the Sun Life Financial Cup. In addition, the Gold Award winner receives $2,000, the Silver Award winner receives $1,500 and the Bronze Award winner receives $1,000. Approximately six (6) students will earn an Honourable Mention and receive $500 each.

International Award categories

The top scoring official participants who are studying outside Canada compete for international awards, which is independent of grade. International students may receive an International: Honourable Mention award with a score at least as high as the Canadian Honourable Mention winners.

For more information, contact:

Neal Madras Chair
Canadian Mathematical Olympiad Committee
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
York University
or Therese McCoy
Communications and Special Projects Officer
Canadian Mathematical Society
+1 (613) 733-2662 ext. 728

About the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS)

The CMS is the main national organization whose goal is to promote and advance the discovery, learning, and application of mathematics. The Society's activities cover the whole spectrum of mathematics including: scientific meetings, research publications, and the promotion of excellence in mathematics education at all levels. The CMS annually sponsors mathematics competitions that recognize outstanding student achievements.