Organs & Tissues
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How to become an organ and tissue donor

Every province has its own registry or method for indicating one's intent to donate organs and tissues. In cooperation with Canada's organ and tissue donation community we have built a portal to help Canadians navigate to their province's online registry or to access information about how to become a donor. In addition to registering or indicating your intent, don't forget to tell your family about your organ and tissue donation wishes. 

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Living kidney donation

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. 

Scroll down to learn more about living kidney donation and Canada's national kidney paired donation program.

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Professional education

Canadian Blood Services' professional education website is the trusted source for health-care professional education materials. We provide vital resources on transfusion of blood components, and donation and transplantation of organs and tissues. Explore our programs, clinical guidelines, leading practices, courses, upcoming events and more.

Living kidney donation programs

If you are a potential donor or recipient interested in learning more about living kidney donation, please contact the program nearest you from the list below:

British Columbia

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


Vancouver General Hospital

Phone: 604-875-5182


BC Children's Hospital

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


Transplant Manitoba - Gift of Life Living Donor Program



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


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

*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


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 ext. 36003