The best first crime novel includes print or e-books, and self-published novels, in either English or French, written by a Canadian citizen. It has to be published during the previous year. Here is the list for the past ten years.
For complete awards list and information:
*Note 2001 Winner Hands Like Clouds by Mark Zuehlke is Out of Print
2003 Winner Midnight Cab By James W. Nichol is Out of Print
2004 Winner Just Murder by Jan Rehner is Out of Print
2009 Winner Buffalo Jump by Howard Shrier isn't avalible in the U.S. yet
2012 Winner The Water Rat of Wanchai by Ian Hamilton