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Canadian Team Mathematics Contest

Collage of students participating in Canadian Team Mathematics Contest

The Canadian Team Mathematics Contest (CTMC) is a fun and challenging team competition.


Teams of 6 secondary school students in any combination of grades. At least half of the problems in the Individual Event, and many problems in the Team Event, are accessible to students in grade 9 or 10.


Written in April at the University of Waterloo. See official date for the current year. Teams may participate unofficially in their school on any day after the official contest date.

Full solutions are made available to registered teachers in early May and posted online in early June.


  • team questions, where team members may collaborate (45 Min)
  • individual problems (45 min)
  • math relays — one student's answer to a question is needed by a teammate to solve the next question (45 min)

There are no calculators allowed during the Team event. Some calculators permitted during the Individual and Relay events. More information for the supervising teacher is available.

Please note that the CTMC is currently only available in English.

Mathematical Content

The curriculum and level of difficulty of the questions will vary. Junior students will be able to make significant contributions but teams without any senior students may have difficulty completing all the problems.


  • In-School Participation:  One teacher and groups of six students participate at their own school over 3 consecutive hours. In-school teams participate unofficially.
  • OR At-UWaterloo Participation: Six students and one teacher from a Canadian school participate on the University of Waterloo campus from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm.
  • Teams have one week in September to apply to attend. Schools will be selected by lottery.

Contest Registration Information

See detailed instructions.

Contest Preparation

We recommend that students spend some time preparing for our contests by trying to solve problems. Many teachers use past contests in the classroom.


There is a small prize for the top at-UWaterloo team and top at-UWaterloo individual. Supervisors of teams participating in their own schools will receive statistics about the scores of At-UWaterloo teams, to get a sense of their relative standing. Coaches may use our system to generate certificates for participants.


For further details email our office.