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The Canadian Computing Competition (CCC) is a fun challenge for participants with an interest in programming. Designed to be both accessible to participants with some programming experience and to challenge the keenest programmers at the secondary school level, the CCC helps participants build confidence and grow their ability to design, understand and implement algorithms.
Participants may choose to write either the Junior or Senior level of the competition. We recommend that participants and teachers follow these guidelines:
Approximately 20 of the top participants from the Senior level of the CCC are invited to the Canadian Computing Olympiad (CCO) at the University of Waterloo.
The CCC is held online in February. The CCO is invitation-only and held in May. Visit Our Contests for dates and deadlines for the current year.
To learn more about the format of the competition, including the allowed programming languages and the type of questions participants can expect, visit CCC Format and Languages.
The Junior competition begins with straightforward topics like basic loops and conditions and progresses to advanced material, like recursion, two-dimensional arrays and efficient or clever algorithms. The Senior competition increases in difficulty from basic algorithms to more advanced algorithms, like careful counting and some mathematical reasoning, with the final question typically involving material at the level of the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI).
Visit Canadian Computing Competition Supervision for more information.
We recommend that participants spend some time preparing for the competition they can do so with:
A week-long learning experience involving workshops, a contest and other extra-curricular activities. This
invitation-only event is also used to determine Canada's team that will participate in the International Olympiad in
Informatics (IOI), which is hosted by a different country each year.
Approximately 20 of the top CCC senior official participants from schools in Canada are invited to the CCO at the University of Waterloo each spring. Other outstanding participants, including those who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents attending school outside of Canada, may also be invited. The selection of CCO participants and the Canadian IOI team members is at the discretion of the CEMC Executive.
To learn more about our contests, follow the links below to get started:
Questions? We invite you to contact us.