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.
- 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.