Role of Canadian Blood Services

We work with the donation and transplantation community to improve the system for all Canadians. Through national collaboration involving organ donation organizations and transplantation programs across Canada we are working to increase organ and tissue donation, increase access to transplants and improve patient outcomes. Learn more about the progress that has been achieved in the through collaboration in the current System Progress Report.

Approximately 4,400 Canadians await a lifesaving organ transplant. Each year hundreds of Canadians die waiting.

90 per cent of Canadians say they support organ donation, yet only 23 per cent have registered their decision.

You can become and organ and tissue donor and make a difference in someone's life.


Three simple ways to help:

Register your decision

Every province has its own registry or method for indicating one's intent to donate organs and tissues.


Talk to your family about your decision

In addition to registering or indicating your intent, don't forget to tell your family about your organ and tissue donation wishes.

Encourage others to register

Here’s a simple message to get you started: “Register and talk to your family about organ and tissue donation, make sure they know your wishes.”

Quick Facts

Approximately 4,400 Canadians await a lifesaving organ transplant.

Each year, more than 250 Canadians die waiting.

One organ donor can save 8 lives and provide tissue for up to 75 patients.

According to public opinion polls, more than 90 percent of Canadians support organ and tissue donation but only 23 percent have registered their decision.

You are six times more likely to need a transplant than to become an organ donor.

Age doesn’t matter: Canada’s oldest organ donor was over 90.

Donation will only be considered after every effort has been made to save your life.


It takes 2 minutes to register your decision on organ donation