You can indicate your wishes to be an organ and tissue donor by following these links to the registry in your province or territory.
The Foundation encourages Canadians to make a positive decision regarding organ donation and to discuss their wishes with their family. Even though a person has signed their donor card, the family of the deceased person will be consulted in the consent process.
Organ Donor Registries
Each province has its own way of keeping track of who wants to be an organ donor. If you have any questions on the information provided below we invite you to contact your local Kidney Foundation branch office.
In most provinces, the next-of-kin decides whether or not to donate their deceased loved one’s organs – for this reason, it is very important to discuss organ donation with your family so that they know your wishes in case of your death.
- There are three ways to register as an organ donor in BC:
- Online organ donor registry: http://www.transplant.bc.ca/OnlineReg/bcts.asp
- Registration card available by request or at a variety of locations such as Motor Vehicle Branches, all London Drugs locations and doctors’ offices
- Download and send in an organ donor registration form
- Once someone has filled out the registration form – indicating their decision on organ donation – they mail it back to BC Transplant (BCT), where it is scanned into a secure computerized database. Alternatively, one may complete the form online.
- An exciting first for Albertans! You can now sign up to be an organ and/or tissue donor on MyHealth.Alberta.ca
- It’s important that you understand what it means to be a donor and how important your choice is. Tell your family and loved ones that you have signed up to be a donor. They will then be prepared to speak on your behalf. For information about organ and tissue donation, and who can donate, please see Organ and Tissue Donation Overview.
- Northwest Territories residents can make their wishes known by signing the back of their health card – this does not guarantee a donation, your family should also be aware of your wishes.
- Adults can indicate their desire to be an organ and tissue donor by placing an orange "organ and tissue donor" sticker on their Saskatchewan health services card.
- The stickers themselves do not guarantee a donation - your family should also be aware of your wishes
- Manitoba has an online organ donation registry: https://signupforlife.ca
- Adults can complete and carry an Organ and Tissue Donor Card
- A completed Organ and Tissue Donor Card does not guarantee a donation - your family should also be aware of your wishes
- Ontario has an online organ donation registry: https://beadonor.ca
- Ontario does have an organ donation registry. If you are 16 years of age or older and have a valid Ontario Health Number, you can register your consent online to become an organ and tissue donor. By registering your consent, information about your donation decision will be available and accessible should it ever be required. http://www.ontario.ca/en/services_for_residents/ONT05_039074.html
- When you register your consent to donate organs and tissue, your donation decision is recorded in a Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care database. In the event of your death or imminent death, when all life-saving efforts have failed, your donation decision will be disclosed for the purpose of sharing this information with your family so that they can honour your wishes.
- You need to register even if you signed a donor card. A signed donor card is not recorded in the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s database and may not be available when needed. Organ and tissue donor registration is the only secure and guaranteed way to make your decision to save lives known.
- The Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec offers you two options for giving your consent.
- You can officialize your consent by entering it in the Régie's Registre des consentements au don d'organes et de tissus. To do so, fill out the form, which is mailed to you along with your Health Insurance Card renewal notice or which you can obtain from the Régie.
- You can also sign the consent sticker and affix it to the back of your Health Insurance Card. The sticker is sent to you along with your Health Insurance Card, for instance when you renew your card. You can also obtain the sticker at local community services centres (CLSC), hospitals and Services Québec offices.
- You can also sign-up with the Registre des consentements au don d’organes et de tissues with the Chambre des notaires du Québec:
- You can indicate your intent to be a donor by checking the appropriate box and signing your Medicare renewal form. New Medicare cards will have your wishes about donation clearly displayed on the card. If you wish to indicate your intent to be a donor before renewing your card, please contact Service New Brunswick:
- To become an organ and tissue donor in Nova Scotia, you sign up through your Health Card:
- Download the Organ & Tissue Donation Form
- Fill in the form and sign it
- Fax or mail the form to MSI Registry and Enquiry, P.O. Box 500, Halifax, NS B3J 2S1
- A completed Organ and Tissue Form does not guarantee a donation - your family should also be aware of your wishes
Prince Edward Island
- You can place a red sticker on your P.E.I. health card. The sticker is mailed to you with your health card renewal form.
- You can have a red heart engraved on your driver's license at the time of renewal. If you have already renewed your driver's license, you can still go to the Ministry of Transportation offices and they will add it for free.
- You can express your wish to donate organs and tissues in writing when preparing your health care directive.
- People are encouraged to speak to their families about their wishes
Newfoundland & Labrador
- Through the Organ Procurement Exchange of Newfoundland & Labrador you can check the box on your drivers licence application or renewal and a red heart will appear in the lower right hand corner of your licence.
- To obtain your organ/tissue donor card call 709-777-6600 (within St. John’s) Toll Free 1-877-640-1110 to have a card mailed to you.