The Bertram Warr Award for a group of poems awarded by Contemporary Verse, 1940

Oscar Blumenthal Award for a group of poems awarded by Poetry (Chicago), 1944

The Governor General’s Award in Poetry for The Metal and the Flower, 1954

National Magazines Award (Gold) 1985

Canadian Authors’ Association Literary Award for Poetry, 1985-86

Brazilian Journal short listed for the Governor-General’s Award, 1987

B.C. Book Prizes Hubert Evans Award for Non-Fiction for Brazilian Journal, 1987

Banff Centre School of Fine Arts National Award, 1989

Readers’ Choice Award, Prairie Schooner, for a group of poems, 1993;

bpNichol Chapbook Award for Alphabetical, 1999

Tribute at the Vancouver Writers’ Festival, 2000

Distinguished Writer, Banff, 2002

Ambassador for the Arts, Mechosin International Summer School of the Arts, 2002

Tribute at Sechelt Festival of the Arts, 2002

The Griffin Prize for Poetry – shortlisted for Planet Earth in 2003

The Terasen Life Time Achievement Award, 2004 (returned)

The Lieut. Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence, 2004

National Magazines Award (Silver) 2005