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 2020-21 Team:
Congratulations to our team who participated successfully in the 53rd IChO (2021) hosted remotely from Osaka, Japan, winning 1 silver and 3 bronze medals! (Learn more)
From left: Andy Cai, Andrei Banica, Michael Li, and Terry Wang
Students can participate if they:
- are interested in chemistry
- will be under 20 in July
- have spent at least two years in a Canadian school
(e.g. grade 11/12 or CÉGEP)
Interested students should:
- talk to their chemistry teacher about participating in the program
- register for the national on-line training program in September
- participate in the on-line training program problem sets & take-home exam
- write the Canadian
Chemistry Competition (Part A) &
Canadian Chemistry Olympiad (Part C) exams in April
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. Full requirements and dates are provided here.
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 accommodation costs for students participating in the national and international competitions.