Each week, five Canadians die because the organ donation that could save their lives is not available.
As a leading health-care nation, Canada has the technology and means to provide transplant solutions, yet we cannot meet the demand.
- Donation rates are low relative to world standards and Canada ranks poorly compared to other developed countries.
- 95% of Canadians claim to support organ and tissue donation, but only 35% are committed donors.
- There is a false perception that religious groups oppose organ and tissue donation. In fact, most religious groups endorse organ and tissue donation.
Becoming a donor is easy.
- Any Canadian, 16 years of age or older, can consent to donate organs and tissues upon death.
- All that is required is that they complete a Consent Form.
- Consent can be changed or withdrawn at any time.
- Organ and tissue donation of one person can provide transplants for as many as 8 people.
So why are there so few donors?
- There is a lack of awareness of the urgent need for organ and tissue donors.
- Canadians are not aware that organ and tissue donation can save thousands of lives.
- Canadians do not know how to become donors.