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Becoming A Live Kidney Donor

The Kidney Paired Donation Program

The Kidney Donor Domino Effect

The Kidney Donor Domino Effect

If you aren't a match for someone you care about who needs a kidney transplant, there is still a way to help. The Kidney Paired Donation (KPD) program may be able to provide another transplant opportunity.

Here's how it works:

Donors and recipients that are not a match may be entered in the Canadian Kidney Paired Donation Program. Three times a year, an advanced computer program finds multiple opportunities to exchange donors with different recipients around the country, to find pairs that are a good match with a very low chance of rejection.

Willing, living donors without a specific intended recipient may also register in the Kidney Paired Donation program. These donors are able to start long 'domino' chains of transplants where one donor can trigger up to 6 transplants. These non-directed donors are responsible for more than two-thirds of the transplants in the Kidney Paired Donation program.

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:


St. Paul’s Hospital – Vancouver
Phone: 604-806-9027
Email:donornurse@providencehealth.bc.ca

Vancouver General Hospital
Phone: 604-875-5182
Email:livingdonor@transplant.bc.ca

The Living Donor Services Program – Edmonton
Toll-free: 1-866-253-6833
Phone: 780-407-8698
Email:livingdonors@albertahealthservices.ca

Southern Alberta Transplant Program – Calgary
Phone: 403-944-4635

Saskatchewan Transplant Program – Saskatoon
Phone: 306-655-5054
Email:renaltransplant@saskatoonhealthregion.ca

Saskatchewan Transplant Program – Regina
Phone: 306-766-6477
E-mail:sasktransplant@rqhealth.ca

Transplant Manitoba – Winnipeg
Phone: 204-787-2400
Website: www.transplantmanitoba.ca/decide/living-kidney-donor

University Health Network – Toronto General Hospital
Phone: 416-340-4800 ext. 4848

St. Michael’s Hospital – Toronto
Phone: 416-867-3676

Hospital for Sick Children – Toronto
Phone: 416-813-5908

London Health Sciences Centre
Phone: 519-685-8500 (ext. 35932)

St. Joseph’s Health Care – Hamilton
Phone: 905-522-1155 (ext. 33136)

The Ottawa Hospital – Riverside Campus
Phone: 613-738-8400 (ext. 82778)

Kingston General Hospital
Phone: 613-549-6666 (ext. 2140)

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
Phone: 514-345-4931

Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Québec
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

Horizon Health – Saint John Regional Hospital Living Donor Program
Phone: 506-648-6850

Réseau de santé Vitalité Health Network – Hôpital Dr. Georges L. Dumont
Phone: 506-869-2441

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

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)