Welcome to the International Academic Competitions Canada homepage! IAC is a network of numerous academic competitions, all of which have been founded since 2010. IAC’s staff administers and oversees events in over 25 separate countries and is deeply committed to the growth and development of academic competition. Please explore our website to learn more about our competition opportunities for you and your school. For further information on any of our competitions in Canada, please email canada@iacompetitions.com
Good luck with all of your competitions this year!

IAC Competitions for Students in Canada

IAC has been administering competitions in Canada since 2015. All of the following competitions are divided into 3 age divisions, which are divided as follows:

  • Varsity – 11th and 12th grade (and CEGEP 1 in Québec)
  • Junior Varsity – 9th and 10th grade
  • Middle – 7th and 8th grade
  • Elementary – 6th grade and younger

Note that for the History Bowl, a team may have younger students on it, but older students may not play on a team competing in a younger age division.


International History Bowl


The International History Bowl is a buzzer-based team history quiz competition that runs throughout Canada each year. Teams consist of up to 6 students, up to 4 of whom play together at any given time. Solo-student teams are also encouraged to compete and often do so. At all regional tournaments students can qualify for the annual Canadian Championships held at the end of the school year.


International History Bee 


The International History Bee is a buzzer-based history quiz competition for individual students. All regional IHBB History Bowl tournaments also feature a History Bee component, held at different times so that students can compete in both the Bee and the Bowl. Students who qualify are then allowed to compete at the annual Canadian Championships.


International History Olympiad


The International History Olympiad is a week-long history extravaganza, held every two years – the next Olympiad will take place from July 25-August 1, 2022 in New York City and Princeton.  The Olympiad consists of numerous buzzer-based and other competitions, sightseeing, and special events with students from around the world. Students in Canada qualify for the Olympiad by finishing in the top half of students or teams in their age division at any regional or championship tournament during either the 2018-2019 or 2019-2020 school years. At the Olympiad, students compete in age divisions based solely on birthdates, even if they qualified in a different age division. At the Olympiad, students represent Canada (or the country of their citizenship if different, and if they choose to do so) instead of their schools.


International Geography Bee


The International Geography Bee is a worldwide geography quiz competition, consisting of the IGB Championships Qualifying Exam, the Canadian Championships, and the biennial International Geography Championships. The Canadian Championships is entirely buzzer-based; the World Championships is multifaceted and takes place over a week. The next International Geography Championships will be held from July 3-10, 2022 in Burlington, Vermont, USA and Montreal, Canada.. Attending students who are qualified may also compete in the International History Olympiad; the two competitions are designed to allow for cross-participation.

The same IGB Championships Qualifying Exam is used for both the Canadian Championships and the IGB World Championships. The IGB Championships Qualifying Exam is given at in-person regional tournaments for the International History Bee and Bowl in Canada, or students can take the Online Qualifying Exam at their school or with a homeschool instructor proctoring it.