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Order of Canada

Michael Ondaatje, C.C.

Toronto, Ontario [Canada]

Companion of the Order of Canada

Awarded on November 18, 2016;

Michael Ondaatje, C.C.
Toronto, Ontario

For his enduring contributions to Canadian literature as one of Canada’s most acclaimed writers of fiction and poetry.

This is a promotion within the Order.

Officer of the Order of Canada

Awarded on July 11, 1988; Invested on November 8, 1988

One of Canada's most successful experimental writers, his work blends the factual and the imaginary in poetry and prose and is extraordinarily visual, which accounts for his interest in film as a complement to literature. But he is first and foremost a poet whose talent is recognized throughout the English-speaking world.