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Jan 18, 2022

Why It’s Important to Become an Organ Donor

There is an important need for more organ donors in Canada. Statistics recently released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information support this claim. In 2020, there were well over three times more people waiting for a donor kidney than all other organs put together. Often, the wait time for a donor organ is measured in years; the median wait time for a kidney transplant from a deceased donor is over 3 years and 8 months.

A commitment made to organ donation today will improve the future outlook of individuals currently on the waiting list, as well as those who will be added to the list in years to come.

In most of Canada, individuals must register their intent to be organ donors. In some parts of the country, however, deemed consent, also commonly known as presumed consent or opt-out consent, has been introduced which means that those residents may not need to register their intent unless they wish to modify their registration or opt out. Regardless of the method of registering your intent, it is important to discuss your wishes with your family.

By becoming an organ donor, your legacy could help as many as 80 people.

Find out more about organ donation and how you can make sure your wishes are respected. 

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