Become a Superhero - Register to Become an Organ Donor

In 2014, the Alberta Government launched the Alberta Organ and Tissue Donation Registry allowing Albertans to register their intention to donate online! It’s important to understand what it means to be a donor and how important your choice is. After registering, tell your family and loved ones that you have signed up to be a donor as they will then be prepared to speak on your behalf.  LEARN MORE

Living Organ Donor Expense Reimbursement Program (LODERP)

Living organ donation is an act of altruism that reduces the wait time for patients in need of a life-saving kidney, partial liver or partial lung. By agreeing to become a Living Organ Donor, donors travel to and from a transplant hospital for a variety of tests and surgery, which may result in financial loss. In an effort to minimize the potential financial burdens associated with the living donation process, the Kidney Foundation of Canada in Alberta has established the Living Organ Donor Expense Reimbursement Program (LODERP) with a grant from Alberta Health and Wellness.

To qualify for reimbursement, the recipient of the kidney, partial liver or partial lung must be a resident of Alberta; the donor may live anywhere. Travel, accommodation, meals, parking and loss of income are areas for potential reimbursement.  For full criteria and to receive the Living Organ Donor Expense Reimbursement Program package please contact the Kidney Foundation Northern Alberta and The Territories Branch.

Erin Paul, Kidney Care Coordinator

Tel: 780.451.6900 ext. 222 or 1.800.461.9063

Fax: 780.451.7592

Organ Donation 

As of December 31, 2017 (the most recent publically available data), 4,473 Canadians were on a transplant wait list. 3,386 (76%) were waiting for a kidney (single or combination) transplant. In Alberta, 640 individuals were on a transplant wait list at the end of 2017. 443 (69%) were waiting for a kidney (single or combination transplant).  

These numbers only capture Albertans eligible for a transplant. It does not capture individuals deem ineligible or those who are in the process of going through medical testing to be added to the list. In addition, the average wait time is 4 years from the time a person goes onto dialysis to receiving a kidney transplant. With a kidney from a living donor, the wait time is approximately 9 - 12 months. 

Have You Talked About Donation?

In the case of deceased donation, it is the next-of-kin who makes the final decision of whether or not to donate your organs and tissues. That is why it is so important to discuss your wishes with them. If they are aware of your decision and are in agreement, they will most likely respect your wishes if faced with this difficult decision.

The decision to become a donor is a personal one. There is no right or wrong choice. You may change your mind at any time but remember to tell your family.

You can choose to donate for transplantation or for medical research and education, but not for both. You can choose to donate one particular organ or tissue, or you can choose to donate whatever is suitable.

There are three important steps to consider:

  1. Think about it.
  2. Sign your donor card (the back of your Alberta Health Care Card in Alberta).
  3. Talk to your family and friends about your wishes.

    Deceased Donation

    Human Organ and Procurement Exchange (HOPE) Program

    Phone: 1-866-407-1970



    Comprehensive Tissue Centre

    Phone 780-407-7510


    Living Donation

    University of Alberta Hospital, Aberhart Centre
    Phone: 780-407-8698


    Transplant Services

    University of Alberta Hospital

    Phone: 780-407-1501 (Islet Transplant)

    Phone: 780-407-3793 (General Inquiries)

Anatomical Gifts Program

Phone:  780-492-2203

Blueprint for national, integrated organs and tissues system released
Canadian Blood Services released Call to Action, a blueprint for the national strategy on organ and tissue donation and transplantation developed on behalf of the OTDT community in Canada. Call to Action is an integrated, cost-shared plan that identifies gaps in the current Canadian system and provides a set of 25 recommendations focused on sustained, breakthrough performance in this country.



Northern Alberta & Territories Branch - 11227 Jasper Avenue, 2nd Floor, Edmonton AB T5K 0L5 - Tel.: (780) 451-6900 / 1-800-461-9063
Charitable Registration Number: 107567398RR0001