Canada’s Poets Laureate

Explore our list of current & past Poets Laureate across Canada. We aim to keep a full and current list, however Canada is vast! If you have a correction or would like to add a Poet Laureate, please email info@poets.ca.

To learn more about the role of a Poet Laureate, check out our blog post, All About Poets Laureate.

Parliamentary Poet Laureate

GEORGETTE LEBLANC
2018 – 2020

GEORGE ELLIOTT CLARKE
2016 – 2018

MICHAEL PLEAU
2014 – 2016

FRED WAH
2011 – 2013

PIERRE DESRUISSEAUX
2009 – 2011

JOHN STEFFLER
2006 – 2008

PAULINE MICHEL
2004 – 2006

GEORGE BOWERING
2002 – 2004

Alberta

BANFF POET LAUREATE:
Steven Ross Smith
2019-2020

Amelie Patternson
2017-2018

CALGARY POET LAUREATE:
Sheri-D Wilson
2018-2020

Micheline Maylor
2016 – 2018

derek beaulieu
2014 – 2016

Kris Demeanor
2012 – 2014

EDMONTON POET LAUREATE:
Nisha Patel
2019 – present

Ahmed “Knowmadic” Ali
2017-2019

Pierrette Requier
2015 – 2017

Mary Pinkoski
2013 – 2015

Anna Marie Sewell
2011 – 2012

Roland Pemberton
2006 – 2011

E.D. Blodgett
2007 – 2009

Alice Major
2005 – 2007

British Columbia

COMOX VALLEY POET LAUREATE:
Natalie Nickerson
2017-2019

NANAIMO POET LAUREATE:
Valina Zanetti
(Youth Poet Laureate)
2019 – 2021

Tina Biello
2017 – 2020

Kailey DeFehr (Youth Poet Laureate)
2017 – 2018

Naomi Beth Wakan
2013 – 2016

NEW WESTMINSTER POET LAUREATE:
Alan Hill
2017 – present

Candice James
2010 – 2016

Don Benson
1999 – 2007

Edna Anderson
1998 – 1999

SURREY POET LAUREATE:
Renée Sarojini Saklikar
2015 – 2018

TOFINO POET LAUREATE:
Joanna Streetly
2018 – present

VANCOUVER POET LAUREATE:
Miss Christie Lee (Christie Charles)
2018-2021

Rachel Rose
2014 – 2017

Evelyn Lau
2011 – 2014

Brad Cran
2009 – 2011

George McWhirter
2007 – 2009

VICTORIA POET LAUREATE:
John Barton
2019 – 2022

Yvonne Blomer
2015 – 2018

Argatu Ali (Youth Poet Laureate)
2018 – 2019

Maita Cienska (Youth Poet Laureate)
2017 – 2018

Ann-Bernice Thomas (Youth Poet Laureate)
2016 – 2017

Janet Marie Rogers
2012 – 2014

Linda Rogers
2009 – 2011

Carla Funk
2006 – 2008

 

Manitoba

WINNIPEG POET LAUREATE:
Di Brandt

2017-present

New Brunswick

SACKVILLE POET LAUREATE:
Shoshanna Wingate
2019 – 2021

Marilyn Lerch
2013 – 2017

Douglas Lochead
2002 – 2011

Newfoundland and Labrador

ST JOHN’S POET LAUREATE:
Mary Dalton
2019 – 2020

George Murray
2014 – 2017

Tom Dawe
2010 – 2013

Agnes Walsh
2006 – 2009

Northwest Territories

 

Nova Scotia

CAPE BRETON POET LAUREATE:  
Rita Joe (1932 – 2007)
Lifetime
“Poet Laureate of the
Mi’kmaq people”

HALIFAX POET LAUREATE:
Dr. Afua Cooper
2018 – 2020

Rebecca Thomas
2016 – 2018

El Jones
2013 – 2015

Tanya Davis
2011 – 2012

Shauntay Grant
2009 – 2011

Lorri Neilsen Glenn
2005 – 2009

Sue MacLeod
2001 – 2005

Nunavut

 

Ontario

BARRIE POET LAUREATE:
Victoria Butler
2018 – present

Damian Lopes
2014 – present

BRANTFORD POET LAUREATE:
John B Lee

in perpetuity

COBALT POET LAUREATE:
Ann Margetson

COBOURG POET LAUREATE:
Jessica Outram
2019 – 2022

Ted Amsden
2011 – 2018

Jill Battson
2009 – 2011

Eric Winter
1997 – 2009

DUFFERIN COUNTY POET LAUREATE:
Harry Posner
2017-present

EMERY POET LAUREATE:
Laurence Hutchman
2018 – present

KINGSTON POET LAUREATE:
Jason Heroux
2019 – present

Helen Humphreys
2015 –  2019

Eric Folsom
2011 – 2015

LONDON POET LAUREATE:
Tom Cull
2016 – present

Penn Kemp

2011 – 2013

MISSISSAUGA POET LAUREATE:
Paul Edward Costa
2019 – 2021

Pujita Verma (Youth Poet Laureate)
2018 – 2020

Wali Shah
2017 – 2019

Rebecca Zseder (Youth Poet Laureate)
2016 – 2018

Anna Yin
2015 – 2017

OTTAWA POET LAUREATE:
Margaret Michèle Cook (French) & Diana Young (English)
2019 – 2021

Andrée Lacelle (French) & Jamaal Jackson Rogers (English)
2017 – 2019

OWEN SOUND POET LAUREATE:
Lauren Best
2017-2019

Rob Rolfe & Larry Jensen
2015 – 2017

Terry Burns
2013 – 2014

Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm
2011 – 2012

Kristan Anderson
2008 – 2010

Liz Zetlin
2007 – 2008

SUDBURY POET LAUREATE:
Chloé LaDuchesse
2018 – 2020

Kim Fahner
2016 – 2018

Thomas Leduc
2014 – 2015

Daniel Aubin
2012 – 2013

Roger Nash
2010 – 2011

TORONTO POET LAUREATE:
A. F. Moritz
2019 – 2022

Anne Michaels
2016 – 2019

George Elliott Clarke
2012 – 2015

Dionne Brand
2009 – 2012

Pier Giorgio Di Cicco
2004 – 2009

Dennis Lee
2001 – 2004

WINDSOR POET LAUREATE:
Mary Ann Mulhern
2019 – 2022

Samantha Badaoa (Youth Poet Laureate)
2019 – 2020

Marty Gervais
2011 – 2019, Poet Laureate Emeritus

WOODSTOCK POET LAUREATE:

Barry C. Butson

in perpetuity

 

Prince Edward Island

PROVINCIAL POET LAUREATE (PEI):
Julie Pellissier-Lush
2019 – present

Deidre Kessler
2016 – 2019

Diane Hicks Morrow
2013 – 2016

Hugh MacDonald
2009 – 2013

David Helwig
2008 – 2009

Frank Ledwell (1930 – 2008)
2004 – 2007

John Smith
2002 – 2004

Quebec

 

Saskatchewan 

PROVINCIAL POET LAUREATE (SK):
Bruce Rice
2019 – present
& Alasdair Rees
Youth Poet Laureate

Brenda Schmidt
2017-2018

Gerald Hill
2016 – 2017

Judith Krause
2014 – 2015

Donald Kerr
2011 – 2013

Robert Currie
2007 – 2010

Lousie B. Halfe
2005 – 2006

Glen Sorestad
2000 – 2004

MOOSE JAW
LIFETIME POETS LAUREATE:
Robert Currie & Gary Hyland

 

Yukon

PROVINCIAL POET LAUREATE (YT):
pj johnson
1994 – present