The Canadian Chemistry Olympiad (CCO) is an annual event that aims to promote interest in chemistry amongst high school students. Participation in the Canadian National Olympiad Finals or an International Olympiad is a tremendous experience and a unique opportunity to travel and meet fellow students from around the world who have similar interests.

Our 2019 Team:

On July 20th the Canadian Chemistry Olympiad Team headed to Paris for the 51st International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) Competition. At IChO 2019, four Canadian Competitors will face both theoretical and practical Chemistry challenges. They will be competing against 79 other countries at the largest IChO ever. The Canadian Chemistry Olympiad selected the top Chemistry students in Canada from among hundreds of Canadian high school students who got to the final stage of testing in April.

Canadian International Chemistry Olympiad team 2019

From left: Eric Shen, Hung (Henry) Nguyen, Soresu Juso, and Colin Ca

The National Training camp ran in Toronto (July 9-19) under the supervision of head mentor Philip Sohn, who put together a comprehensive set of labs designed to prepare the team for competition. Wish the team all the best - they have put in a lot of hard work!

Get Involved!

Students can participate if they:

Interested students should:

Eligibility And Costs:

To be eligible for selection to the Canadian National Olympiad finals, students must be under twenty years of age in July, must have spent at least two years in Canadian schools, and cannot have taken any chemistry courses for credit at university level. For travel purposes students should have valid passports.

The Canadian Chemistry Olympiad Organization endeavours to minimize costs to students. From year to year, the amount the CCO organization receives in sponsorship and funding impacts student participation costs. Students selected for the national team may be expected to contribute up to $2000 to the cost of attending the international competition, although we expect the amount to be lower. The team is selected by merit. For students unable to pay, the CCO will do its utmost to secure additional funding to cover transport and accomodation costs for students participating in the national and international competitions.