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.
Since 2010, the CCO has received administrative support from the Chemical Institute of Canada, to bolster the academic program organized by volunteers primarily based at the University of Toronto.
This site provides details about the chemistry olympiad to students and teachers, an on-line preparation program for participating Canadian students, and additional information about our provincial and national programs.
Please note that there are Olympiads in other subjects also; these are separate competitions, and while students can participate in any of them, it is advisable to focus on only one as events may clash between the different programs.
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
- attempt 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
Canadian National Selection Camp:
Based on their overall results, the top 10-15 students from across the country will be invited to the week-long national selection camp, which takes place in late May or early June. The Camp ends with the National Olympiad final examination, and the top four students go on to represent Canada at the International Chemistry Olympiad in July.
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 will cover transport and accomodation costs for students participating in the national and international competitions. Students selected for the national team will be expected to contribute to the cost of attending the international competition.