Key dates

The Canadian Geographic Challenge runs throughout the school year. Students, classrooms and schools can start as soon as they sign-up. Each Level (i.e., age cohort) has their own set of Challenge rounds. Please refer below to your specific Level for the key dates and deadlines.

Level 1 (grades 4-6)

November 2020                         Registration opens for Level 1. Questions for the Classroom round are made available.
January 2021 Questions for the School round are made available. This is the final round for Level 1. 
April 30, 2021 Deadline to identify all Level 1 School winners in order to receive their prize. Names entered after this day will not be eligible for a prize. 

Level 2 (grades 7-10)

November 2020

Registration opens for Level 2. Questions for the Classroom round are made available.

January 2021 Questions for the School round are made available.
March 19, 2021

Deadline to name all Level 2 School winners. Any Level 2 School winner not identified by this date will not be eligible for the Provincial/Territorial round of the Challenge, which is used to determine the National Finalists.

March 22 to April 14, 2021 Provincial/Territorial round is made available. Only Level 2 School winners are eligible to participate in this round.

April 19 to 23, 2021

If necessary, Provincial/Territorial tie-breakers are administered.
April 30, 2021 Top 20 participants from the Provincial/Territorial round are selected as National Finalists and are notified with further instructions.

May 2021

National Final. Format (in-person or live virtual) is yet to be determined and will be subject to safety considerations due to COVID-19. 

Level 3 (ages 16-19)

December 2020                 Registration for Level 3 opens. 
January 2021 Phase 1 is made available.

February 28, 2021

Deadline for participants to complete Phase 1. 

March 5, 2021

March 29, 2021

April 6, 2021

Top 20 Phase 1 finalists will receive instructions for how to participate in Phase 2.

Deadline for top 20 finalists to submit their Phase 2.

Phase 3 (fieldwork) begins. Top 10 students from Phase 2 will be contacted with more information.

April 30, 2021

Deadline for top 10 finalists to submit their Phase 3.

May 5, 2021 Top 6 finalists from Phase 3 will be notified and will receive instructions an interview.