Blood, organ and tissue donation
Donating blood in Canada remains safe. Every day blood products are needed for patients undergoing surgery, cancer treatments, and to save lives following traumas such as motor vehicle accidents. Over the coming weeks patients will continue to depend on these lifesaving donations. Blood donors should book and keep their appointments to prevent shortages. Canadian Blood Services’ and Héma-Québec have robust cleaning, infection-control and screening practices in place to protect all donors, staff and volunteers.
Disclaimer: Registering your intent to donate organs and tissues is still possible during the COVID-19 pandemic
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, transplant program activities across the country have been reduced. However, the need for organs and tissues remains. Please register your decision to be a donor and keep spreading the word whenever possible. Your donation gives hope to patients who are waiting for transplants.
Blood, organ and tissue donation improves health and saves lives. Many Canadians already donate, but the need for blood, organs, and tissues remains high. You can help those in need. To learn more, please visit the links below.
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You can book an appointment to donate blood in Canada in several ways:
If you live in Canada (outside of Quebec):
Book an appointment
If you live in Quebec:
To book an appointment
Become an organ and tissue donor
Only a fraction of Canadians are registered donors. Depending on where you live, there are different ways to indicate intent and decide what organs and tissues you want to donate.
Select your province from the list to register your intent to become a donor:
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Northwest Territories
- Nova Scotia
- Prince Edward Island
Loved ones are always asked before donation happens, so it is important that they know your wishes. If you decide to become an organ and tissue donor, discuss it with your family and friends.
If you have questions about how donation affects your religious or spiritual practice, speak with your spiritual leader.
The need for donors in Canada
In Canada, 52% of people say they or a family member have needed blood or blood products at some point in their lives. Our country also needs organ and tissue donors, but not enough Canadians have made plans to donate.
The need for blood donation
There is a constant demand for blood and blood products such as:
- blood plasma
- red blood cells
It takes many donors to save a patient's life. For example, it takes up to:
- 5 donors to save someone who needs heart surgery
- 50 donors to help save just 1 person seriously hurt in a car crash
- 8 donors a week to help someone going through treatment for leukemia
The need for organ and tissue donation
As our population ages, the need for organ and tissue donations keep increasing. In 2018, for example:
over 4,300 people were waiting for organ transplants
2,782 organs were transplanted
223 people died waiting for a transplant
In the past 10 years, the number of deceased organ donors has gone up by 42%. The number of people needing a transplant has also gone up in that time.
While most Canadians consent to donate after death, it is also possible to donate organs while you're still alive. Living donors who are the age of majority and in good health can donate:
- a kidney
- part of the liver
- a lobe of the lung
Register to donate and you could:
- save as many as 8 lives
- improve the quality of life for up to 75 people
- benefit countless families and loved ones of those in need
What is the Government of Canada doing in organ donation and transplantation?
Learn more about what the Government of Canada is doing to help improve the organ donation and transplantation ecosystem in Canada thanks to the Organ Donation and Transplantation Collaborative (the Collaborative).
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