Organ, Tissue and Full Body Donation

Organ and Tissue Donation in Canada

 

Province

Link

British Columbia

Alberta

Manitoba

Ontario

Prince Edward Island

Yukon

Newfoundland and

Labrador

Northwest Territories

Nova Scotia

Nunavut

New Brunswick

Saskatchewan

Quebec

Organ and Tissue Donation

Please note:

The family always has the final say involving organ donation, even if you are registered. Have a conversation with your family when you register because if they do not consent at the time of your death, the donation cannot occur.

You can choose what organs and tissues you do not wish to donate. An adult may have to sign for minors in certain provinces.

Full Body Donation in Canada

 

Province

Link

Alberta

Manitoba

Ontario

Quebec

One registration for

all institutions

Saskatchewan

British Columbia

Note that at this time Yukon, Nunavut and Northwest Territories do not have a full body donation program established. 

General Information

In all cases, if the next of kin contests the donation, it cannot be accepted. Discuss your plans to donate your body with the next of kin, executor, and physician. It is advised that you include a statement declaring your wishes.

Academic institutions reserve the right to decline a donation for any reason, so it is recommended that you have alternative arrangements made in case of refusal.

You can be both a registered organ donor and a whole-body donor, however, if solid organ removal for transplant occurs (with the exception of corneal transplant), body donation is no longer possible. 

Academic institutions do not provide autopsies or report findings to the next of kin.

Age restrictions vary per academic institution.

Most academic institutions will not accept autopsied bodies. Medical conditions and/or trauma that would disqualify a donation vary per academic institution.

The costs covered by the institutions vary, however, most programs cover the cremation or burial costs. Certain programs cover transportation costs within limits.

Last updated May, 2021