Approximately 4,600 Canadians await a lifesaving organ transplant. Each year hundreds of Canadians die waiting.

91 per cent of Canadians say they support organ donation, yet only 20 per cent have registered their decision.

Three simple ways to help:

  • Register your decision
  • Talk to your family about your decision and make sure you also know their 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. #GiveLife”   


Organ donation and transplantation in Canada – Quick Stats for 2015

4,631 Canadians on the wait list for a transplant

262 Canadians died while on the transplant wait list

 2,559 transplants performed

651 deceased donors

18.2 Canada’s donors per million rate for deceased donation

564 Canadians were living donors

15.7 Canada’s donors per million rate for living donation

91% of Canadians support organ donation

2 minutes - the time it takes to register your decision on organ donation

8 lives can be saved by one organ donor

75 lives can be improved by one tissue donor

1% - less than one percent of Canadians die in a way that would enable them to become an organ donor


Canadian Blood Services works 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 past 10 years through collaboration in the System Progress Report.