Most of us are born with two kidneys. However, a healthy person can live a normal, healthy life with just one kidney. This means that a healthy person can give (donate) a kidney to someone whose kidneys aren’t working. This gift is living kidney donation.
Deceased organ donation is the process of giving an organ or a part of an organ, at the time of the donor's death, for the purpose of transplantation to another person. A single organ donor has the potential to provide as many as eight organs for transplant.
National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week and Green Shirt Day
National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week (NOTDAW) raises awareness about the critical need for more donors across the country and encourages Canadians to register their decision and to talk to their loved ones about organ donation. In 2023, NOTDAW takes place April 23-29.
The Canada-wide Green Shirt Day (April 7) honours the legacy of Logan Boulet and his organ and tissue donation following the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus crash in Saskatchewan.
Canadian Blood Services works with the Organ and Tissue Donation & Transplantation (OTDT) community to improve national system performance. We do this through the development of leading practices, professional education, public awareness and data analysis and reporting. We also manage clinical programs that support interprovincial sharing of organs.
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This site provides valuable information and data related to clinical programs and services that support interprovincial sharing of organs, professional education resources including the Canadian Clinical Guide to Organ Donation, numerous reports, leading practices and clinical guidelines relevant to deceased donation, living donation, transplantation and tissues.
Together, we are on a mission to get Canadian kids of all ages learning and talking about organ and tissue donation in their classrooms and homes. Discover a variety of accessible, age-appropriate resources that will inspire and empower teachers, parents and students to have informed conversations about about the powerful impact of organ donation.
The results reflected in these reports represent the individual and collective work of the provincial and territorial partners, organ donation programs, and transplant programs as well as the national efforts led by Canadian Blood Services.