Organs and Tissues

Canadian Blood Services works with the organ and tissue donation and transplantation community to improve the system for all Canadians. Through national collaboration involving organ donation organizations and transplantation programs across Canada we are working to increase organ and tissue donation, increase access to transplants and improve patient outcomes.This website provides valuable information and data related to interprovincial organ sharing programs and services, professional education learning opportunities, including the Canadian Clinical Guide to Organ Donation, numerous peer-reviewed publications, data and progress reports; as well as leading practices and clinical guidelines, tools and resources.

Recent Updates

Modified on: 
Oct 19, 2021

For the last decade the increasingly long waiting lists for cornea transplantation have consistently gained media and government attention. Wait times are often measured in years as opposed to months, meaning the rates of access to cornea transplantation in Canada are on par with, or lower than, the rates seen in some developing countries. Yet, despite all the attention the number of corneas transplanted in Canada has remained unchanged for the last six years and no focused and coordinated efforts have been expended to improve this system.

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Modified on: 
Aug 3, 2021

This interactive online platform reports national performance data for organ donation and transplantation in Canada.

Organs and Tissues
Modified on: 
Oct 19, 2021
Expanding the Lung Donor Pool using Non-Perfused Organ Donation
September 28, 2021
Dr. Andrew Healey
Chief Medical Officer - Donation, Trillium Gift of Life Network
 
Organs and Tissues

Upcoming Events

When
October 28, 2021 | 10:45AM to October 29, 2021 | 3:45PM
Where

Virtual Conference

BC Transplant is pleased to present Education Days 2021: Challenges in Donation and Transplantation

Join two virtual half-day sessions on October 28 and 29, where BC Transplant will explore complex donation and transplantation topics with experts.

Registration is free of charge.

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When
November 4, 2021 | 8:00AM to November 6, 2021 | 4:00PM
Where

Las Vegas, NV

The 16th Organ Donation Congress has announced its dates. The Congress will be held November 4-6, 2021 in Las Vegas. 

Organs and Tissues
When
November 4, 2021 | 8:00AM to November 5, 2021 | 4:00PM
Where

Virtual Conference

 

Patient, Family and Donor Research Forum November 4-5, 2021 – Meet our Co-Chairs

Mark your calendars: the CDTRP 2nd Annual Patient, Family, and Donor Research Forum will be held on November 4 – 5, 2021. Due to continuing uncertainty about public health guidelines and practical planning requirements, the PFD Research Forum will take place virtually.

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Blog

Modified on: 
Sep 16, 2021

Canadian Blood Services recently published its annual Surveillance Report, a summary of monitoring efforts related to transmissible infection testing in donors; possible transfusion-transmitted infections in recipients; and new, emerging pathogens. Surveillance also includes monitoring of donor safety.

Organs and Tissues
Stem Cells
Transfusion

Modified on: 
Apr 27, 2021

Organ donation coordinators endure high rates of burnout. Canadian Blood Services and CHEO aim to change that.

Organs and Tissues

Modified on: 
Apr 6, 2021

The Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals whose landmark contributions are both extraordinary and world class in the field of transfusion or transplantation medicine, stem cell or cord blood research in Canada and/or abroad.

Organs and Tissues
Stem Cells
Transfusion