Organ and tissue donation

Organ donation: Taking the time to reflect…and make the right decision

A member of the medical team talked to you about the possibility of organ donation. 

Here is some information that could help you make the right decision.

  • In Québec, anyone can become an organ donor, regardless of age, state of health, sexual orientation or religion.
  • Medical examinations and blood tests must be performed to determine the eligibility of the organ donation before starting the donation procedure.
  • A clinical coordinator-advisor from Transplant Québec must complete a questionnaire according to your to availability.
  • The organ donation procedure takes between 48 and 72 hours as of the signing of the consent form.
  • Your loved one may need to be transferred to a transplant centre, depending on their condition. If you refuse, the procedure can be performed here, at the hospital.*
  • The organ removal is done in such a way as to allow for an open casket at the funeral home, if desired.
  • During the organ donation procedure, you can leave the hospital and rest.
  • If organ donation is impossible, tissue donation can be a viable option.Transplant Québec logo


Organ donors are rare.

Only deaths in hospitals are eligible for organ donation.

Every donor can save up to 8 lives.

In Québec, more than 50 people die each year waiting for an organ.

Every tissue donor can save or improve the quality of life of about 20 people.

There are three ways to indicate your wish to be a donor:

  • RAMQ register 
  • Chambre des notaires du Québec register
  • Health insurance card
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