Organ Donation

Organ Donation

Organ donation saves lives and restores health. A kidney transplant is not a cure, but represents the best possible improvement to health and quality of life for many people living with kidney failure. The only other life-sustaining treatment option is dialysis to artificially clean the blood.

The need for organs for transplantation is far greater than the available supply. In 2017, 4333 Canadians were on a waiting list for a transplant. Of those, 78% were waiting for a kidney. Waiting times vary from a few months to several years, depending on a variety of factors.

The Kidney Foundation of Canada is working with healthcare, industry and government representatives to improve organ donation rates. The Foundation encourages Canadians to make a positive decision regarding organ donation and to discuss their wishes with their family.

Atlantic Canada Programs

Information on registering as an organ donor in your province is listed below. The most important step in becoming a donor is speaking to your family about your organ donation wishes. It is your immediate family who will make the ultimate decision about your life giving wishes.

New Brunswick

  • Indicate your intent to be a donor by checking the appropriate box and signing your Medicare renewal form. New Medicare cards will have your wishes about donation clearly displayed on the card. If you wish to indicate your intent to be a donor before renewing your card, please contact Service New Brunswick:

Nova Scotia

  • Registration is attached to your Health Card:
    • Download the Organ & Tissue Donation Form
    • Fill in the form and sign it
    • Fax to 902.481.3160 or mail the form to MSI Registry and Enquiry, P.O. Box 500, Halifax, NS B3J 2S1

Prince Edward Island

  • In the past, Islanders could indicate their intention to be a donor on their driver’s licence and PEI Health Card. These methods will be phased out over the next 3-5 years and will be replaced with the Intent to Donate Registry.
  • You can register your intention to become an organ or tissue donor electronically by clicking here
  • Or you can complete the Intent to Donate form by clicking here and mail it to: Medicare Office126 Douses Road PO Box 3000 Montague, PE   C0A 1R0
  • You can express your wish to donate organs and tissues in writing when preparing your health care directive
  • People are encouraged to speak to their families about their wishes

Newfoundland & Labrador

  • Indicate your “Intent to Donate” organs and tissues by completing your Medical Care Plan (MCP) application or renewal form at word “ORGAN DONOR” will appear on your MCP card.
  • Learn about becoming a ‘Living Donor’ by contacting your local Kidney Transplant Program.
    • Eastern, Central and Labrador - 709.777.3601
    • Western NL - 709.6370.5000 ext. 6190)

Remember: Speak to your family about your organ donation wishes.





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