National Magazine Award (Silver for a poem in The Malahat Review, #167 [Summer, 2009]), 2009.
Griffin Prize for Poetry (shortlist) for Coal and Roses, 2009.
Victoria Butler Prize (shortlist) for Hand Luggage, 2007.
Royal Society of Canada (Fellow), 2006.
National Magazine Award (Silver for a poem in The Walrus) 2005.
The Terasen Life Time Achievement Award, 2004 (returned).
The Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence (British Columbia), 2004.
Griffin Prize for Poetry (shortlist) for Planet Earth, 2003.
Order of British Columbia, 2003.
Tribute at Sechelt Festival of the Arts, 2002.
Ambassador for the Arts, Mechosin International Summer School of the Arts, 2002.
Distinguished Writer, The Banff Centre, 2002.
Tribute at the Vancouver Writers’ Festival, 2000.
Order of Canada, 1999.
bpNichol Chapbook Award for Alphabetical, 1999.
Readers’ Choice Award, Prairie Schooner, for a group of poems, 1993.
National Magazine Award (Silver for poems in Exile) 1989.
Banff Centre School of Fine Arts National Award, 1989.
Hubert Evans Award for Non-Fiction (B. C. Book Prizes) for Brazilian Journal, 1987.
Governor-General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction (shortlist) for Brazilian Journal, 1987.
Canadian Authors’ Association Literary Award for Poetry, 1985–86.
National Magazine Award (Gold for eight poems in The Malahat Review, #67 [Spring 1984) 1984.
The Governor General’s Award in Poetry for The Metal and the Flower, 1954.
Oscar Blumenthal Award, Poetry (Chicago), for a group of poems, 1944.
The Bertram Warr Award, Contemporary Verse, for a group of poems, 1940.