Overview of the Program

In 1999 the Government of Canada created the National Program for the Grave Sites of Canadian Prime Ministers to ensure the conservation and promotion, in dignity and respect, of the grave sites of our deceased prime ministers. The program also provides Canadians with information on the lives and accomplishments of former prime ministers whose public careers have had a profound impact on the history of our country.

The program includes the preparation, in association with the family and the cemetery, of comprehensive conservation plans for the grave, the installation of a Canadian flag and an information panel on the life and accomplishments of the prime minister resting in the grave, as well as the organization of a commemoration ceremony in his honour. In addition, printed and online documents highlight the contributions of each prime minister.


Former Prime Ministers and Their Grave Sites
  Prime Minister Term(s) Grave site
Gravesite of JA Macdonald
The Right Honourable Sir John Alexander Macdonald July 1, 1867 – November 5, 1873
October 17, 1878 – June 6, 1891
927, Purdy Mills Rd, Kingston, ON
Gravesite of A Mackenzie
The Honourable Alexander Mackenzie November 7, 1873 – October 8, 1878 1016 Colborne Road, Sarnia, ON
Gravesite of JC Abbott
The Honourable Sir John Joseph Caldwell Abbott June 16, 1891 – November 24, 1892 1297 Chemin de la Forêt, Montréal, QC
Gravesite of JSD Thompson
The Right Honourable Sir John Sparrow David Thompson December 5, 1892 – December 12, 1894 1259 South Park St, Halifax, NS
Gravesite of  M Bowell
The Honourable Sir Mackenzie Bowell December 21, 1894 – April 27, 1896 631 Dundas St. W, Belleville, ON
Gravesite of C Tupper
The Right Honourable Sir Charles Tupper May 1, 1896 – July 8, 1896 3950 Kempt Rd, Halifax, NS
Gravesite of W Laurier
The Right Honourable Sir Wilfrid Laurier July 11, 1896 – October 6, 1911 455 Montreal Road, Ottawa, ON
Gravesite of RL Borden
The Right Honourable Sir Robert Laird Borden October 10, 1911 – July 10, 1920 280 Beechwood Avenue, Ottawa, ON
Gravesite of A Meighen
The Right Honourable Arthur Meighen July 10, 1920 – December 29, 1921
June 29, 1926 – September 25, 1926
150 Cain St., St. Marys, ON
Gravesite of WLM King
The Right Honourable William Lyon Mackenzie King December 29, 1921 – June 28, 1926
September 25, 1926 – August 7, 1930
October 23, 1935 – November 15, 1948
375 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, ON
Gravesite of RB Bennett
The Right Honourable Richard Bedford Bennett August 7, 1930 – October 23, 1935 St. Michael’s Church, Old London Road, Mickleham, Surrey, England
Gravesite of L St Laurent
The Right Honourable Louis Stephen St-Laurent November 15, 1948 – June 21, 1957 Chemin de Hatley, Compton, QC
Gravesite of JG Diefenbaker
The Right Honourable John George Diefenbaker June 21, 1957 – April 22, 1963 101 Diefenbaker Place, Saskatoon, SK
Gravesite of LB Pearson
The Right Honourable Lester Bowles Pearson April 22, 1963 – April 20, 1968 Chemin MacLaren, Wakefield, QC
Gravesite of PE Trudeau
The Right Honourable Pierre Elliott Trudeau April 20, 1968 – May 21, 1979
March 3, 1980 – June 30, 1984
Rue St-André, Saint-Rémi, QC