There are 3 disciplines of climbing for which competitions are held around the world:
- Difficulty (Roped climbing: Lead Climbing for those 14 and older, Top Rope for those under 14)
There is a hierarchy of organizations that govern and sanction competitions:
- Provincial: The OCF in Ontario
- National: Climbing Escalade Canada (CEC)
- International: The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) organizes World Cup and World Championship events each year
In Canada there are 4 levels of competition:
- Local: many competitions across the country each year, mainly attracting climbers from nearby. These may be sanctioned by the CEC or the provincial organization if there is one. In Ontario, local comps are sanctioned by the OCF.
- Provincial: in provinces that have established a provincial organization, there may be Provincial Championship(s) in one or more disciplines. In Ontario, the OCF organizes Provincial competitions for Bouldering, Difficulty and Speed.
- Regional: CEC sanctioned competitions for Eastern and Western Canada.
- National: the final competition for the best climbers across the country, leading to selection to the national team.