Leading practices, guidelines, and current initiatives

Our mission is to improve access to organ donation and to lifesaving transplants for all Canadians. We aim to shift culture so organ and tissue donation is the norm and not the exception. Published work and initiatives underway are described here. Older reports may have been archived. (Please note: If you require documentation in alternate format, please submit a request by email to OTDT@blood.ca). 


The SHARE Study - Canadian family members sharing their experiences with critical care and organ donation


The BRiC Study - Burnout and Resilience in Organ Donor Coordinators


Commonwealth Tribute to Life MOU


Patient, donor and donor family engagement


Liver Leading Practice on Listing Eligibility for Patients with Alcohol Use Disorder forum


Organ Donation and Transplantation Collaborative - ODTC Project Summaries


Developing a Brain-based Definition of Death and Evidence based Criteria for its Determination after Arrest of Circulation or Neurologic Function in Canada


Public Awareness - National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week


Public Awareness - Green Shirt Day, April 7


Organ and Tissue Donation after Medical Assistance in Dying: Guidance for Policy Update Forum


Public Awareness - OTDT public opinion polling


Public Education - The Orgamites


Optimizing Utilization of Deceased Donor Kidneys Forum


National curriculum in deceased organ donation


Equitable access to organ donation and transplantation


COVID-19: Update on organ donation and transplantation services


Communities of Practice


National Pediatric and Neonatal Deceased Donation and Transplantation Strategy


Public Education - Teacher Resource Portal (K-12)


Public Education - Living Kidney Donation and Transplantation


Donor Identification and Referral as a Critical Patient Safety Event Leading to Preventable Harm for Transplant Candidates


Cornea Donation and Transplantation


Heart Donation and Transplantation After Circulatory Determination of Death


World Brain Death Project: Implications for Canadian Practice


Withdrawal of Life Sustaining Measures


Shipping of Living Donor Kidneys


Medical management to optimize donor organ potential


Living Donation Coordinator and Administrator Network


Advancing Living Donation Forum 2020


Measuring Quality in Kidney Transplantation: Canadian Consensus Workshop


Donation after cardiocirculatory death (DCD)


Virtual Crossmatch functionality in the CTR


Her Last Project - the documentary


Deceased organ and tissue donation after medical assistance in dying and other conscious and competent donors (2019)


Potential organ donor identification and system accountability (2019)


Canadian guidelines for controlled pediatric donation after circulatory determination of death


Public Awareness - Donor Registration Portal


End-of-life conversations with families of potential donors - Leading practices in offering the opportunity for donation


Liver listing and allocation forum - May 2016


Allocation of organs for combined transplantation


The Canadian cPRA calculator


Kidney paired donation protocol for participating donors


International guidelines for the determination of death (2014)


Brain blood flow in the neurological determination of death (2008)