December 18, 2018 — In 2017, a total of 2,930 organ transplant procedures were performed in Canada, according to the latest data from the Canadian Organ Replacement Register (CORR) — a pan-Canadian information system for organ failure in Canada. Outcomes for both kidney transplants and dialysis have been improving over the last decade. A focused look at 10-year outcome data for end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) shows that 16% of Canadians on dialysis survive past 10 years, whereas up to 74% of Canadians with a kidney transplant still have a functioning kidney after 10 years.

Use the data tables and figures that are part of these annual statistics to examine dialysis, organ transplantation and donation characteristics, trends and patient outcomes in Canada between 2008 and 2017.

Key findings

  • At the end of 2017, there were 38,833 Canadians (excluding Quebec) living with ESKD — up 35% from 28,665 in 2008.
  • The deceased organ donor rate in Canada in 2017 (including Quebec) was 21.9 donors per million population, an increase of 51% since 2008. The living donor rate was 14.6 donors per million population, a decrease of 11% since 2008.
  • At the end of 2017, there were 2,827 patients active on the waiting list for a solid organ transplant and 1,506 patients on the waiting list and on hold. A total of 242 patients died while waiting for an organ transplant in 2017.
 

Report and companion materials

Snapshot

Trends for end-stage kidney disease patients who are newly diagnosed, patients on treatment, patient outcomes, kidney transplant recipients and patients on waiting lists. 

View Snapshot (PDF)

Quick Stats

View summary-level data on end-stage kidney disease and transplants in Canada.

Pre-formatted and interactive Quick Stats tables

Methodology notes and supplementary information

Topics that supplement the tables and figures: CORR board of directors; list of transplant hospitals, renal programs and organ procurement organizations; analytical methods; and more. 

View methodology notes (PDF)

 

Data tables

Renal replacement therapy (including dialysis and kidney transplantation) for end-stage kidney disease

Explore trends for end-stage kidney disease patients who are newly diagnosed (incidence), patients being treated at a given point in time (prevalence), patient outcomes (survival) and renal replacement therapies. 

View renal replacement therapy data tables (XLSX)

Extra-renal organ transplantation (liver, heart, lung, pancreas, intestine)

Examine trends and provincial breakdowns for extra-renal organ transplant recipients, patients on waiting lists and patient outcomes. 

View extra-renal organ transplantation data tables (XLSX)

Organ donors

Take a closer look at donors, both living and deceased, trends over the last decade, relationships to transplant recipients and donor rates across Canada. 

View organ donor data tables (XLSX)