It’s a major milestone for organ donation in the province.
The Trillium Gift of Life Network says one in three Ontarians have registered to donate their organs. As well, eight communities – all in central and northern Ontario – have half of residents registered as donors: North Bay, Parry Sound, Sudbury, Nipissing South, Kincardine, Bracebridge, Timmins Region, and Nipissing North.
The Crown agency adds that in the 2015-16 fiscal year, the highest number of registrations in one year was recorded with more than 340,000 Ontarians registering as donors.
“Today, we celebrate our success, and tomorrow, we continue our efforts to normalize organ and tissue donation”, said Ronnie Gavsie, President and CEO, TGLN.
“When the majority of Ontarians are registered, and our registration rate exceeds 50 per cent, that is when we have established a true culture of donation in the province.”
While the numbers are impressive with 30% of Ontarians registered, a recent Ipsos survey found that 45% believe they are registered donors. Many people believe they are donors because they have a paper donor card but those cards are no longer used.
“Organ and tissue donation is incredibly important – one donor can save up to eight lives and help 75 more through tissue donation,” said Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
“Many Ontarians have generously signed a donor card in the past, but it is important that they formally register at www.BeADonor.ca and talk to their family about their wishes.”