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The Truth About Organ Donation

About registration as an donor

Registering to become a potential organ donor when you die may be the simplest and most generous thing you ever do. 

By leaving your organs behind, you may save as many as eight (8 lives).  What could be more generous than to give a fellow Canadian a chance to celebrate another birthday, graduate high school, travel the world, get married and have children?

It is the mission of The Organ Project to end the organ transplant waiting list. We aim to do this by raising awareness, finding ways to increase donor registration and assisting families on the waitlist in their search for a living donor.

Given The Growing Shortage Of Organs,
Why Don’t More People Register?

Thinking about your own death can be scary. True.  But waiting every day to see if you get a second chance at life is terrifying.  Ask anyone who has been through it.

While a large majority of Canadians support organ donation, not enough Canadians are registered as potential organ donors.  Not nearly enough.  If your life has not been impacted by organ donation and transplantation, there is a very good chance it will be. 

Canadians are five to six times more likely to need a transplant than they ever are to become a donor.  We are living longer, we are, on average, more sedentary and transplants are incredibly effective at treating organ failure.  Demand is growing, supply is not.    

Help us inspire people to push past the fear and procrastination and register. The chance of someone ever becoming an organ donor is very small. That is why it is so VERY important that everyone who can donate their organs, agrees to do so.

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Watch our commercials

In 2017, The Organ Project created four commercials to raise awareness for organ donation and transplantation. Our commercials were a big part of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Ottawa Senators and, thanks to partners like Bell Media, they achieved great reach in April – Organ Donation Awareness Month. With your help we can create new ads for play in 2018.

Someone in Canada dies waiting for an organ
Every 30 Hours

Imagine the fear and helplessness associated with waiting for an organ transplant. Time just keeps on ticking. And with every hour, every day, chances of survival drop a little. Help us eliminate the wait and get those Canadians on the organ transplant waiting list back to healthy living.

Give the Gift That Keeps On Living

Help Us Meet a Growing Need

The demand for organs continues to significantly outstrip the supply across Canada. As our population ages, the problem will only get worse.

A Few Quick Facts:

You are 5 times more likely to need an organ than give one

A single donor can save up to 8 lives

Being a registered organ donor increases the chances of an organ being used for transplantation by more than 50%

One person dies every 30 hours waiting for a transplant in Canada

Less than 1% all deaths in Canada become actual organ donors.

More than 4,500 Canadians need a life-saving organ transplant, and 1,600 will be added to a waiting list this year

5 patients on the organ transplant waiting list will die this week waiting for a donor

More About The Organ Project

The Organ Project Gala 2017 –
A sold-out success!

The Organ Project hosted its inaugural gala on March 31 2017 at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto. Wow, what a night!

Beyond the personal generosity of Mr. Melnyk, the gala represents our primary source of operating funds.

Money raised at our gala allows us to:

  • Participate in events that raise awareness and inspire registration
  • Explore the role of social media in encouraging registration
  • Support our partners in finding new ways to improve transplantation
  • Develop programs to improve understanding and empower registration 
  • Seek out the best resources to help advance organ donation in Canada

Last year’s  sold-out event brought together leaders from business, sports and philanthropy for a moving and entertaining, not-to-be missed evening. Grammy Award-winning artist Carrie Underwood provided a memorable performance to highlight the event and a live auction included luxurious vacations, retreats, and elite sporting packages.

Driving Organ Donor Registration

The Organ Project is undertaking campaigns to research ways to use social media more effectively to encourage donor registration.

We are also pursuing efforts aimed at improving the public’s understanding of what organ donation really means.  With a specific focus on youth and employers, we are hoping to empower individuals to make an informed choice and become advocates in the process.

Supporting the Search for Living Donors

The rate of living donation in Canada continues to decline which presents a significant problem for all Canadians, but mostly for people waiting for an organ transplant.

Canada is a leader in living donation.  We have some of the best facilities and best practitioners in the world. The Organ Project is working with experts across Canada to pull together resources so that we can help people find the information and support they need in the area of living donation.

Events Calendar

At The Organ Project we are involved in a number of events to help raise awareness and drive donor registration. Check out what we’re up to!

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The Organ Project News & Resources

Cody Ceci has joined The Organ Project as an official ambassador

Ottawa Senators defenceman Cody Ceci has joined The Organ Project as an official ambassador. Ceci, an Ottawa native and role model for many Canadian kids, understands the importance of registering as an organ donor to help end the organ transplant wait list and has committed to assist in spreading the word.

The Organ Project Launches National Campaign to End the Transplant Waitlist

OTTAWA – The Organ Project, a major philanthropic initiative founded by Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk today announced the launch of a series of television and radio spots aimed at raising awareness about the life-saving importance of organ donation.


The Organ Project (@theorganproject) announced today it has sold out its Inaugural Gala taking place in Toronto at The Fairmont Royal York on March 31, 2017. The Gala will bring attention to the organ transplant waitlist problem that currently exists throughout Canada and the United States.


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