Organ Donor Registries
Help us increase kidney transplant and organ donation rates by 50% by 2020
The Kidney Foundation of Canada aims to increase kidney transplant and organ donation by 50% by 2020. By registering your consent to be an organ donation, you can save a life and be the hero someone needs. Of the 4,585 Canadians on the transplant waiting list, more than 76% are waiting for a kidney. Recent statistics indicate that nearly a third of the people who died while waiting for organs were waiting for a kidney — and the need for kidneys far exceeds the supply.
Registering only takes a few minutes through the various provincial registries. Although 90% of Canadians polled indicate they are willing to be organ and tissue donors, registry numbers don’t reflect that. One registered organ donor could help up to eight people.
In most provinces, the next-of-kin decides whether or not to donate their deceased loved one’s organs – for this reason, it is very important to discuss organ donation with your family so that they know your wishes in case of your death.
To get started, locate your province to find out more about the registry process in your area.
Alberta (Northern) Alberta (Southern) British Columbia Manitoba New Brunswick
Newfoundland & Labrador Nova Scotia Ontario Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan
- There are three ways to register as an organ donor in BC:
- Online organ donor registry: https://register.transplant.bc.ca
- Registration card available by request or at a variety of locations such as Motor Vehicle Branches, all London Drugs locations and doctors’ offices
- Download and send in an organ donor registration form
- Once someone has filled out the registration form – indicating their decision on organ donation – they mail it back to BC Transplant (BCT), where it is scanned into a secure computerized database. Alternatively, one may complete the form online.
- An exciting first for Albertans! You can now sign up to be an organ and/or tissue donor on MyHealth.Alberta.ca
- It’s important that you understand what it means to be a donor and how important your choice is. Tell your family and loved ones that you have signed up to be a donor. They will then be prepared to speak on your behalf. For information about organ and tissue donation, and who can donate, please see Organ and Tissue Donation Overview.
- Northwest Territories residents can make their wishes known by signing the back of their health card – this does not guarantee a donation, your family should also be aware of your wishes.
- Manitoba has an online organ donation registry: signupforlife.ca
- Adding yourself to the online registry does NOT guarantee that you’ll become a donor—you must discuss your wishes with your family and/or next-of-kin as they get to make the final decision on whether you become a donor at the time of your death
- Ontario has an online organ donation registry. By registering through The Kidney Foundation of Canada weblink to the Be A Donor site, you will help us meet our goal to have one person register to match the average number of those waiting for a life-saving organ donation in Ontario: beadonor.ca/kidneyfoundationofcanada
- Eligibility: If you are 16 years of age or older and have a valid Ontario Health Number, you can register your consent online to become an organ and tissue donor. By registering your consent, information about your donation decision will be available and accessible should it ever be required.
- The Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec offers you two options for giving your consent.
- You can officialize your consent by entering it in the Régie's Registre des consentements au don d'organes et de tissus. To do so, fill out the form, which is mailed to you along with your Health Insurance Card renewal notice or which you can obtain from the Régie.
- You can also sign the consent sticker and affix it to the back of your Health Insurance Card. The sticker is sent to you along with your Health Insurance Card, for instance when you renew your card. You can also obtain the sticker at local community services centres (CLSC), hospitals and Services Québec offices.
- You can also sign-up with the Registre des consentements au don d’organes et de tissues with the Chambre des notaires du Québec:
- For more information on living donation: www.donatingakidney.ca
- You can 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:
- To become an organ and tissue donor in Nova Scotia, you sign up through your Health Card:
- Download the Organ & Tissue Donation Form
- Fill in the form and sign it
- Fax or mail the form to MSI Registry and Enquiry, P.O. Box 500, Halifax, NS B3J 2S1
- A completed Organ and Tissue Form does not guarantee a donation - your family should also be aware of your wishes
Prince Edward Island
- You can place a red sticker on your P.E.I. health card. The sticker is mailed to you with your health card renewal form.
- You can have a red heart engraved on your driver's license at the time of renewal. If you have already renewed your driver's license, you can still go to the Ministry of Transportation offices and they will add it for free.
- 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
- You can indicate your “Intent to Donate” organs and tissues by completing your Medical Care Plan (MCP) application or renewal form at www.health.gov.nl.ca/health/forms/index.html#3. The word “ORGAN DONOR” will appear on your MCP card. This indicates your intent to donate after death.
- You can learn about becoming a ‘Living Donor’ by contacting your local Kidney Transplant Program. (Eastern, Central and Labrador can contact 777-3601 and Western residents can contact 637-5000 ext. 6190)