December 5, 2019 — In 2018, a total of 2,782 organ transplant procedures were performed in Canada (including Quebec), according to the latest data from the Canadian Organ Replacement Register (CORR) — a pan-Canadian information system for organ failure in Canada. A focused look at organ donor data shows that of the 762 deceased donors in 2018, 71% were donation after brain death (NDD, or neurological determination of death) and 29% were donation after cardio-circulatory death (DCD). Over the 10 years studied, NDD donors increased by 21%, whereas DCD donors increased by 429%.

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 2009 and 2018.

Key findings

  • The deceased organ donor rate in Canada in 2018 (including Quebec) was 20.6 donors per million population, an increase of 42% since 2009. The living donor rate was 15.0 donors per million population, a decrease of 2% since 2009.
  • In 2018, a total of 2,782 transplant procedures (all organs) were performed in Canada (including Quebec), an increase of 33% since 2009.
  • At the end of 2018, there were 4,351 people on a waiting list for an organ transplant, including 2,890 who were active on the list. In total, 223 people died while waiting for a transplant.
  • There were 40,289 Canadians (excluding Quebec) living with end-stage kidney disease at the end of 2018, an increase of 35% since 2009.
 

Report and companion materials

Snapshot

Trends for organ donors, transplantation and donation, end-stage kidney disease and patients on waiting lists.

View Snapshot (PDF)

Infographic: Organ donors in Canada, 2018

Take a closer look at statistics on organ donors, both living and deceased, and the proportion of donors who had an organ used for transplant.

View Infographic

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)

Pre-formatted Quick Stats

View summary-level data on end-stage kidney disease (ESKD), transplantation and donation in Canada. The pre-formatted Quick Stats tables provide additional information on ESKD and transplantation for patients who have diabetes.

Pre-formatted tables (ZIP)

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)

Interactive Quick Stats

The interactive Quick Stats tables allow users to dig deeper into statistics on patients with ESKD, transplant recipients and organ donors. Users can choose to look at the statistics by specific provinces, time frames, organs, primary diagnoses and more.

Interactive Quick Stats (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)