Organs & Tissues
for Life

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What we do


 

We are actively involved in raising awareness and education for organ and tissue donation and transplantation. We maintain a national transplant registry for interprovincial organ sharing and related programs and we help save and improve lives by working closely with the organ and tissue donation and transplantation communities.

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Living kidney donation


When the kidneys are no longer able to remove waste products from the blood, either dialysis (artificial filtering of blood) or a transplant is required for survival. Dialysis alone can lead to health complications and severely impact quality of life. A kidney transplant is the preferred treatment for most patients suffering from kidney failure, yet there are not enough deceased kidney donors to help every patient in need. Living kidney donations offer patients a higher chance of receiving a transplant and offer better patient outcomes than a transplanted kidney from a deceased donor.  

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Living liver donation


Living donor liver transplantations are possible because of the liver’s ability to regenerate. When all other treatment options have been exhausted, a liver transplant can make a life-saving difference for patients with advanced liver failure. There are not enough deceased liver donors to meet the need for liver transplants. When you commit to be a living donor, you are giving patients a fighting chance to live longer and healthier lives. 

Living kidney donation programs

If you are a potential donor or recipient interested in the Living Kidney Donor program, please contact the program nearest you from the list below:

Alberta
British Columbia

St. Paul’s Hospital – Vancouver
Tel: 604-806-9027 | Toll free: 1-877-922-9822

Email: donornurse@providencehealth.bc.ca

Vancouver General Hospital

Phone: 604-875-5182

Email: kidneydonornurse@vch.ca

BC Children's Hospital

Phone: 604-875-2272 | Toll-free: 1-888-300-3088 ext. 2272

Manitoba

Transplant Manitoba - Gift of Life Living Donor Program

204-787-2400

Email: livingkidneydonation@hsc.mb.ca

New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador

Eastern Health – Waterford Hospital – St. John’s

Phone: 709-777-3601

Western Health – Western Memorial Regional Hospital – Corner Brook

Phone: 709-637-5000 ext. 5396

Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island

Cape Breton Regional Hospital – Sydney

Phone: 902-567-8067

Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre – Halifax

Toll-free: 1-888-362-8555

Phone: 902-473-5501

Queen Elizabeth Hospital - Charlottetown

Phone: 902-473-5501

Ontario

University Health Network – Toronto General Hospital

Phone: 416-340-4800 ext. 4848

St. Michael’s Hospital – Toronto

Phone: 416-867-3676

Email: LiveDonorTeam@smh.ca

Hospital for Sick Children – Toronto

*Please contact the team at University Health Network – Toronto General to be evaluated as a living donor on behalf of a child at Hospital for Sick Kids.

London Health Sciences Centre

Phone: 519-685-8500 (ext. 35932)

St. Joseph’s Health Care – Hamilton

Phone: 905-522-1155 ext. 33780

The Ottawa Hospital – Riverside Campus

Phone: 613-738-8400 ext. 82778

Kingston General Hospital

Phone: 613-549-6666 ext. 7838

Quebec

Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal

Phone: 514-890-8000 ext. 26616

L’Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont

Phone: 514-252-3400 ext. 3308

Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal - Sainte-Justine

Phone: 514-345-4931

Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Québec - Laval University

Phone: 418-525-4444 ext. 15262

Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke

Phone: 819-346-1110 ext. 14129

McGill University Health Centre

Phone: 514-934-1934

Saskatchewan
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