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Organ Donor Awareness

Kin History: Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness

The Kin Organ Donor Awareness Campaign (Kin-ODAC) was adopted in 2001 as Kin’s first National Public Awareness Project. Andrew Hatfield, a St. John's East Kin Kid, was born with a complex congenital heart disease. Andrew died waiting for a heart transplant; however, his dream of Kin helping other transplant hopefuls became Kin-ODAC. Kin-ODAC is a natural extension of our partnership with Cystic Fibrosis Canada because most people with cystic fibrosis eventually need a lung transplant to live.

Organ and Tissue Donation Facts

  • Organ donation from 1 person can save the lives of up to 8 people.
  • Tissue donation from 1 person can improve the lives of up to 75 people.
  • Approximately 4,500 individuals are waiting for transplants.
  • Each year, more than 250 people die waiting for a transplant.
  • Age doesn't impact your ability to be an organ donor—Canada's oldest organ donor was over 90. 
  • Donation will only be considered after every effort has been made to save your life. 

Organ donation can mean the difference between life and death for many people. For others, such as people with renal (kidney) disease, it represents a total transformation in their quality of life because they will no longer need 4-hour dialysis treatments 3 days a week.

Talk to your family!

Too few Canadians talk about their decision to donate their organs and/or tissues with their families. Even if you have documented your wishes by registering through a provincial registry it is vital that your family knows about your decision. In most provinces, hospital staff will still talk with the next-of-kin of potential donors about what their loved one requested. Donor families say they are comforted by the feeling that their loved one's death was not in vain.

Organ Donation Registries

It is important to register to be a donor.

There are different ways to register and decide what you want to donate depending on your province or territory.

Yukon Transplant

British Columbia Transplant Society
604-877-2240 or

Alberta, Nunavut and Northwest Territories

Saskatchewan Health

Manitoba Transplant

Organ Donation Ontario
800-263-2833 or

Signez Don Quebec
877-INFODON (463-6366)

New Brunswick Organ and Tissue Donation Program

Newfoundland and Labrador


Nova Scotia Legacy of Life

Health PEI