CORR Frequently Asked Questions

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About CORR

  • What is the Canadian Organ Replacement Register?
    The Canadian Organ Replacement Register (CORR) is a pan-Canadian database managed by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). CORR’s mandate is to record and analyze the level of activity and outcomes of vital organ transplantation and renal dialysis activities.
  • Who is responsible for this database?
    CIHI manages this register.
  • What is the value of this database?
    This pan-Canadian database provides statistics that track long-term trends for organ transplantation, organ donation, waiting list statistics and dialysis activity. In doing so, the database makes comparative data available that can contribute to better treatment and patient care, and enhance research.

Organ transplants

  • How many organ transplants are done in Canada each year?
    In 2014, there were 2,356 solid organ transplants in Canada.
  • Which organ is most commonly transplanted in Canada each year?
    In 2014, there were 1,430 kidney transplants in Canada, accounting for the majority of single-organ transplants (61%). Other single-organ transplants included 537 liver, 161 heart, 226 lung and 79 pancreas transplants.

Transplant waiting lists

  • How many people are waiting for a transplant?
    As of December 31, 2014, there were 4,514 people waiting for an organ transplant. Of these patients, 77% were waiting for a kidney transplant, and 11% were waiting for a liver transplant. This does not include 75 patients who were waiting for an islet cell transplant.

Dialysis

  • How many people are on dialysis in Canada?
    In 2014, there were 5,269 new dialysis patients. The number of patients on dialysis followed in the CORR database as of December 31, 2014, was 20,690. The majority of dialysis patients were on hemodialysis (77%), with the balance on peritoneal dialysis (23%).
  • How many dialysis centres are there in Canada?
    The most recent information available from CORR reported a total of 103 hospital-based programs in Canada in 2014 that offered full-care renal services.

Organ donors

  • How many organ donors are there?
    In 2014, there were 592 deceased organ donors. In addition, there were 553 living donors.
  • How are organ donations from deceased and living organ donors different?
    A living donor provides a single organ for transplant, but a deceased organ donor can provide up to 8 organs. In addition, living donors are often related to the recipient, while this is not necessarily the case for deceased organ donors.
  • How can someone become an organ donor?
    If you or someone you know is interested in becoming an organ donor, please connect with your local organ procurement organization