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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 2015 team won 2 silver and 2 bronze medals at the 47th IChO in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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.

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 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 $2000 each to the cost of attending the international competition.