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Awesome 2021 Canadian stamps

Written by catpaw

November 05, 2020

Canada Post released the topics for 2021 Canadian stamps, with some exciting 100th anniversary celebrations in the mix. The list is a selection of Canadian achievements and multicultural events.

Commemorative 2021 Canadian stamp issues

Big celebrations are in store for stamp collectors, including a new Bluenose stamp. 

  • the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin.
  • five mammals that turn white in winter.
  • two legends of Canadian ballet.
  • the 100th anniversary of the launch of the legendary schooner Bluenose.
  • the three First World War heroes from Winnipeg’s Valour Road.

Reoccurring themes for 2021 Canadian stamps

As expected, Canada Post will highlight several popular themes used in past years.

  • spring flower stamps this year will be crab-apples blossoms.
  • the Chinese Lunar New Year will feature a multi-stamp look at past issues in the series.
  • Black History Month will honour pioneering settlements in Amber Valley, Alberta, and Willow Grove, New Brunswick.
  • a stamp honouring the Canada Post Community Foundation, which supports a number of schools, charities, and children’s organizations.
  • Eid, Diwali, and Hanukkah stamps.
  • and of course, the yearly Christmas stamps which will have an angel and some as yet unannounced, classic Christmas characters.

Lots to look forward to in the new year. I’m eager to see who the designers are as well. I started a small database tracking modern designer and their stamps. If I ever complete it, I’ll share it, but don’t hold your breath. So many stamps to write about, so little time to spare.

What are your picks?

I’m not sure which of Canada’s ballet legends will be honoured but I’m betting it’ll be Rex Harrington and Evelyn Hart. I’m not a major fan of ballet, so I’m likely off on these, but with Canada’s rich ballet history there are plenty of choices.

The mammals of winter will be fun. My picks are the artic hare, arctic fox, Peary caribou, arctic wolf, and harp seal.

It’s hard to imagine a world without insulin, but the discovery is only 100 years old. Read more on it here 100 Years of Insulin: Accelerating Canadian Discoveries to Defeat Diabetes. Previous stamps highlighting insulin included the 50th anniversary issue 1971, 1990 physician’s series, and 1999 millennium issue.

And the beloved Bluenose!

Scan of Bluenose 1929 stamp. Look for it on 2021 Canadian stamps

1929 Bluenose stamp from my collection

The Bluenose has appeared on 4 Canadian stamps, 1929, 1982, 1988 and 1998. The classic 1929 issue appeared on the 82 and 98 stamps. It’s hard to beat the iconic 1929 issue for power and grace. Of all the new releases, this one creates the greatest interest. I’d love to see a photo of the Bluenose incorporated into the design this time around.

The Valour Road stamps will honour 3 WW1 Canadian soldiers who lived on the same street in Winnipeg. Corporal Leo Clarke, Sergeant-Major Frederick William Hall, and Lieutenant Robert Shankland each won the Victoria Cross, prompting Pine Street to be renamed Valour Road in 1925.


I’m trying to find good clean cancels for each stamp. Canada Post doesn’t do a good job at promoting them, so it’ll take a while to get them. They should take lessons from other post offices in promoting postmarks. 

UPDATED Feb. 15, 2021

Canada Post released the next two issues in the 2021 series. Feb. 15 saw 5 stamps in the Snow Mammals releases. My original guess was artic hare, arctic fox, Peary caribou, arctic wolf, and harp seal. I got three out of the five correct. 

The annual spring flower stamps will be released Mar 1, with pre-ordering available now. This year features two crab apple blossoms.

 I’ve rearranged this article to align it with the basic design format for other 2021 country releases. When I originally set the page up, I wasn’t planning to chase down so many country issues. The 2021 Countries Stamps project is both fun and challenging and I hope you are enjoying. 

2021 Canadian stamps January

Lunar New Year Cycle

2021 Canadian stamps Canada Post's Lunar New Year stamps  2021 Canadian stamps Scan of Canada 2021 Lunar New Year Stamps showing 12 years worth of stamps

12 stamps, booklets, uncut press sheets, souvenir sheet, framed pane.

Completion of current Lunar New Year series that started in 2009. Each design is based on a previously released stamp.

Designer: Paprika Design
Previously designed stamps included 2018 QEII, and 2017 Formula 1 Drivers.

Release date: January 15, 2021

It’s a wrap! Canada’s 2021 Lunar New Year Stamps

Black History Month

Black history month Postage stamp showing settlers above the town of Amber Valley, Alberta

Image of the stamp booklet for Black History month

Celebrating two communities settled by Black Americans in the 19th and early 20th centuries, Amber Valley, Alberta & Willow Grove, NB. Amber Valley was founded around 1910. Willow Grove was founded in 1817 by a group of Black refugees from the War of 1812 (most formerly enslaved in the United States).

2 stamps in this series, booklets, souvenir sheets, FDC, cancels

The residents of Willow Grove and Amber Valley faced the challenges of poor farming land and harsh weather conditions. They also faced continued prejudice and discrimination, including from local and federal governments. Despite the hostility of their environments, these communities grew, and their descendants have enriched Canadian society and culture. Black History Month | Canada Post

Designer: Lime Design
Previously designed includes 2018 Canadian Illustrators, 2012 Guardian of English Bay Joe Fortes, 2011 Black History Month featuring Fergie Jenkins,

Release date: January 22, 2021

Willow Grove was founded in 1817 by a group of Black refugees from the War of 1812 (most formerly enslaved in the United States).FDC for Amber Valley was founded around 1910

Read more about Amber Valley here:

Canada Post’s 2021 Black History month issues – Amber Valley

Read more about Willow Grove here:

Black History Month 2021- Willow Grove NB stamp

2021 Canadian stamps February

Snow Mammals

Canadian stamp showing Perry CaribouPhoto of a snowshoe harePhoto of a white ermine

photo of a snow foxPhoto of an arctic lemming

FDC with souvenir sheet of white coated mammals

5 stamps, souvenir sheet, booklets of 10, FDC, cancel

  • ermine
  • snowshoe hare
  • Arctic fox
  • Peary caribou
  • northern collared lemming.


Each stamp has animal tracks printed in florescent ink. You need an ultraviolet light to see them

Designer: Adrian Horvath 
Previous designs by Horvath include 2019 Endangered turtles, co-designing the 2017 Star Trek and Birds of Canada series.

Release date: February 16, 2021

2021 Canadian stamps March

Crab apple Blossoms
Part of the Yearly Flowers series

2 stamps showing pink and white blossoms

Souvenir sheet of two crabapple stamps

2 stamps, souvenir sheet, coils, strips of 4

Canadian crab apple cultivars – the pink Malus ‘Rosseau’ bred by Isabella Preston in 1928 and the white dwarf Malus ‘Maybride’ bred by Preston’s successors, Daniel Foster Cameron and Dexter Reid Sampson, in 1973.
Canada Post 

Designer: Sputnik Design Partners Inc.
Previous designs include 2016 Hydrangeas and 2012 150th Anniversary of the Military in Canada,  

Release date: March 1, 2021

Concordia University of Edmonton, 100th Anniversary
Commemorative Cover

Concordia University of Edmonton, 100th Anniversary cover

1 cover

Release date: March 7, 2021


JUNO Awards 50th Anniversary

Juno awards single stampJuno booklet cover

Juno booklet

1 stamp, booklet of 5

Illustrator: Amanda Arlotta|
Designer: Paprika

Release date: April 8, 2021

100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin

stamp showing early insulin vial and a sample of Dr. Frederick Banting’s notes

Stamp booklet cover showing insulin bottleStamp booklet for insulin stamp

1 stamp, booklet of 10

Designer: Subplot Design Inc.

Release date: April 15, 2021

Eid-al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha

2021 Canadian stamps EID stamp 2021

Eid-al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha bookletEid-al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha open booklet

1 stamp, booklet of 10

Designer: Lionel Gadoury, Andrew Conlon, Brad Pyne, Context Creative

Release date: April 22, 2021

Legends of Canadian Ballet – Karen Kain & Fernand Nault

2021 Canadian stamps Legends of Canadian Ballet Karen Kain stamp showing Kain dancing2021 Canadian stamps Legends of Canadian Ballet Fernand Naut single stamp showing Naut dancing

Legends of Canadian Ballet Karen Kain booklet of stampsLegends of Canadian Ballet Fernand Naut booklet of stamps

Legends of Canadian Ballet Karen Kain sheet of 6Legends of Canadian Ballet Fernand Naut sheet of stamps

Legends of Canadian Ballet Karen Kain FDC 2021 Canadian stampsLegends of Canadian Ballet Fernand Naut FDC 2021 Canadian stamps

2 stamps, 2 mini sheets of 6, 2 booklets of 6, 2 FDCs, cancel

Designer: Stéphane Huot
Photos: Karen Kain – Andrew Oxenham | Fernand Nault – Bibliothèque de la danse Vincent-Warren; courtesy of the Fernand Nault estate

Release date: April 29, 2021


Right Honourable John Turner (1929-2020)

Right Honourable John Turner (1929-2020) postmark 

Right Honourable John Turner (1929-2020) single stamp 

Right Honourable John Turner (1929-2020) booklet of 10 inside Right Honourable John Turner (1929-2020) booklet cover 

Right Honourable John Turner (1929-2020) FDC

1 stamp, booklet of 10, 

John Turner was the 17th Prime Minister of Canada.

Designer: Paprika  

Release date: June 7, 2021

12e Régiment blindé du Canada

12e Régiment blindé du Canada

1 pre- stamped commemorative envelope, cancel
POSTMARK PLACE: Trois-Rivières

12e Régiment blindé du Canada –

Release date: June 12, 2021

Bluenose, 100th Anniversary

 Bluenose, 100th Anniversary  pair of stamps

Bluenose, 100th Anniversary booklet stamp coverBluenose, 100th Anniversary inside bookletBluenose, 100th Anniversary  souvenir sheet

Bluenose, 100th Anniversary FDCBluenose, 100th Anniversary framed sheet

2 stamps, FDC, cancel, booklet of 5, souvenir sheet, uncut sheet of 12, framed uncut sheet of 12

Designers: Dennis Page and Oliver Hill

Release date: June 29, 2021

2021 Canadian stamps for July 

Stan Rogers (1949 – 1983)

Stan Rogers postmark

Stan Rogers stamp 


 Stan Rogers FDC 


Stan Rogers booklet of 10 stamps Stan Rogers booklet cover

Framed stamp enlargement and Official First Day Cover

Framed stamp Stan Rogers

1 stamp, booklet of 10, FDC, cancel

Stan Rogers was one of my favourite musicians. Friends and I would sing along to his records when we got together for a pint and a laugh. His songs were memorable and he was one of the greats. He’s still missed by all of us. To this day, I still break out into a smile when I listen to Roger’s sing. 


If you get the chance, look up Garnet Rogers, Stan’s equally talented brother. He wrote a book about his life and travels with Stan Night Driver: Travels With my Brother. 

“So, here it is folks.

Stories about how Stan and I grew up together, discovered music together, and learned to play in a band and travel together. How the songs got written and recorded. What life was like on the road before there was an independent music scene.

And nearly every stupid, inexplicable and bizarre thing that could happen to a pair of young idiots who were naive enough to think they could play folk music for a living back in the mid- 70’s and early 80’s.

The bar fights and the bike gangs, The police chases and the arrests. And a thousand gigs in every corner of North America. It’s all here. At least most of it…” Press (

LOL, there’s a reason Stan Rogers is a legend in Hamilton. He cast a huge shadow. 

You can catch more of Garnet’s music and find links to his book on his website Garnet Rogers — Canadian Singer-Songwriter

Designer: Steven Slipp

The stamp is cancelled in Rogers’ birthplace of Hamilton, Ontario. The cancellation mark is a line drawing of the guitar that was custom built for him in 1977 by renowned luthier and musician William “Grit” Laskin. 

Release date: July 21, 2021

September releases

Community Foundation

Community Foundation 

Community Foundation exploded Community Foundation booklet cover

Community Foundation FDC

1 stamp, booklet of 10, FDC, cancel

Support children and youth in our communities. .10c from every stamp purchase goes to support Canada Post Community Foundation which helps fund local and national non-profits.

Designer: Subplot Design Inc
Artist: Kim Smith

Release date: September 20, 2021


Legendary Editorial Cartoonists

2021 Canadian stamps Serge Chapleau cancel 2021 Canadian stamps Brian Gable cancel

2021 Canadian stamps Terry Mosher cancel 2021 Canadian stamps Duncan Macpherson cancel  

Bruce MacKinnon cancel

    2021 Canadian stamps Serge Chapleau stamp2021 Canadian stamps Brian Gable stamp 

2021 Canadian stamps Terry Mosher stamp2021 Canadian stamps2021 Canadian stamps Duncan Macpherson stamp 

Bruce Mackinnon stamp


2021 Canadian stamps Serge Chapleau FDC front 2021 Canadian stamps Serge Chapleau FDC back

2021 Canadian stamps Brian Gable FDC front 2021 Canadian stamps Brian Gable FDC back

2021 Canadian stamps Terry Mosher FDC front2021 Canadian stamps Terry Mosher FDC back 

2021 Canadian stamps Duncan Macpherson FDC front 2021 Canadian stamps Duncan Macpherson FDC back

Bruce MacKinnon FDC front Bruce MacKinnon FDC back

5 stamps, 5 cancels, 5 FDCs

  • Serge Chapleau – Chapleau created some of the best political cartoons expressing the tensions between Anglo & Quebecois cultures. He drew over 7,000 cartoons, won 8 National Newspaper Awards and is a Member of the Order of Canada (2015). 
  • Brian Gable – Has won 7 National Newspaper Awards for his editorial cartoons and became a Member of the Order of Canada in 2018. His Canadian flag waving beaver, beer in hand, has become one of the most loved cartoons portraying the average Canadian.
  • Terry Mosher – Under the pen name Aislin, Mosher created about 14,000 cartoons. The Russian Bear vs Canadian Beaver hockey stamp, is considered  an iconic images of the Canada vs USSR hockey matchups in 1972 (which will be celebrated with a stamp next year). Mosher has also written/contributed to 51 books, including one celebrating Duncan Macpherson. Winner of 2 National Newspaper Awards plus gold National Magazine Award and a member of the Canadian Cartoonist’s Hall of Fame, Mosher was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2003.
  • Duncan Macpherson – Macpherson described himself as a “heckler”, which was reflected in his style. 6 time winner of the National Newspaper Awards, Royal Canadian Academy of Arts medal winner, member of the News Hall of Fame (1976) and Order of Canada( 1987), Macpherson’s often biting political editorials stung more than one Federal politician. 
  • Bruce MacKinnon – Winner of 6 National Newspaper Awards, the 2014 World Press Freedom Award, the 2017 Townsie Award and Member of the Order of Canada (2016).  His sharp and poignant editorial cartoons reflect a deep concern for the often forgotten or under threat people of the world. His work reflects a global concern, not just a Canadian one. His Lady Justice, produced after Brett Kavanaugh’s hearings, became a powerful viral image that is as powerful today as it was the day he published it. 

Designer: Réjean Myette, using artwork from each of the artists
Myette leads the graphic design group, Fugazi. They have been responsible for   9 stamps, including the 2020 Remembrance Day set featuring Mary Riter Hamilton’s artwork and the now classic 2010 $10 Blue Whale stamp.

Release date: October 8, 2021

Christopher Plummer (1929 – 2021)

Christopher Plummer stamp 

Christopher Plummer booklet Christopher Plumber exploded booklet

1 stamp, booklet of 10

Designer: Steven Slipp
Illustrator: Spooky Pooka

Release date: October 14, 2021


Diwali cancel 

Diwali stamp Canada 2021 

Diwali 2021 Canada stamps exploded booklet Diwali 2021 Canada stamps booklet cover 

Diwali 2021 Canada stamps FDC

1 stamp, booklet of 10, FDC, cancel

Designer Seung Jai Paek layered the Rangoli pattern featured on this stamp with meaning. A lotus flower, symbolic of new beginnings, forms both the outline and inset; a ring of heart-shaped diyas expresses love and gratitude; and the Indian spice box (called a masala dabba) in the centre of the design alludes to the food shared during Diwali.  Intricate pattern on new Diwali stamp welcomes good fortune | Canada Post (

Designer: Seung Jai Paek
Paek co-designed the 2019 Year of the Pig (Pigsy) set with Albert Ng. 

Release date: October 19, 2021

The Soldiers of Valour Road

The Soldiers of Valour Road single stamp with 3 head profiles 

Valour Road sheet  

The Soldiers of Valour Road Robert Shankland FDC The Soldiers of Valour Road FDC back

The Soldiers of Valour Road The Soldiers of Valour Road FDC backside 

The Soldiers of Valour Road FDC rederick William Hall The Soldiers of Valour Road FDC back 

Valour Road booklet cover Valour Road Booklet Valour road booklet back Valour Road Booklet The Soldiers of Valour Road framed sheet

1 stamp, booklet of 10, 3 FDCs, 1 cancel, souvenir sheet, framed souvenir sheet

  • Lionel (Leo) Clarke, VC (1892-1916)
  • Robert Shankland, VC, DCM (1887-1968)
  • Frederick William Hall, VC (1885-1915)

Winnipeg’s Valour Road – VALOUR CANADA

Designer: Soapbox Design
Illustrator: Richard Nalli-Petta

Release date: October 21, 2021


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  1. Today is September 8, 2021, Canada post was to introduce a new postage stamp today. I have seen no publication of this stamp anywhere. Are you able to answer my question?

    • Well, sometimes they don’t hit their target date. It may be postponed.


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