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In 2018, there were 762 deceased donors. 60% were male and 40% were female.

  • 86% of deceased donors had at least 1 kidney used for transplant. The average age of donors who had a kidney used for transplant was 44. 30% of kidneys used for transplantation were from donation after cardio-circulatory death (DCD) donors.*
  • 60% of deceased donors had a liver used for transplant. The average age of donors who had a liver used for transplant was 44. 10% of livers used for transplantation were from DCD donors.*
  • 42% of deceased donors had at least 1 lung used for transplant. The average age of donors who had a lung used for transplant was 43. 27% of lungs used for transplantation were from DCD donors.*
  • 24% of deceased donors had a heart used for transplant. The average age of donors who had a heart used for transplant was 34. 0% of hearts used for transplantation were from DCD donors.*
  • 9% of deceased donors had a pancreas used for transplant. The average age of donors who had a pancreas used for transplant was 27. 10% of pancreases used for transplantation were from DCD donors.*

In 2018, there were 555 living donors. 37% were male and 63% were female.

  • 87% of living donors donated a kidney. The average age of these donors was 46.
  • 3% of living donors donated a lobe of liver. The average age of these donors was 35.

 

Note

* Proportion of the total deceased donor organs used for transplantation that were from DCD donors. For comparison, DCD donors represent 29% of all deceased donors.

 

How to cite this document:

Canadian Institute for Health Information. Organ donors in Canada, 2018. Ottawa, ON: CIHI; 2019.

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