Living Organ Donation
How can I become a living organ donor?
Healthy adults can become living organ donors after extensive medical testing determines it is safe for them. Living donors are able to donate a kidney, a portion of your liver, or bone marrow.
You will have a medical examination to determine if it is safe for you to donate, and if you are a match for your intended recipient. Donors and recipients who are well matched have a better chance of a successful transplant.
If your loved one needs a kidney transplant and you are not a match to them, you could still donate your kidney and help them receive a much needed transplant from someone else. Willing living donors without a specific intended recipient may register in the Kidney Paired Donation Program. If you are a potential donor or recipient interested in the Kidney Paired Donation Program, please contact the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia toll-free at 1-888-362-8555 or (902) 473-5501.
What is the Kidney Paired Donation Program?
The Kidney Paired Donation Program improves the hope of finding a compatible match for organ transplantation. Canadian Blood Services manages this program which allows for donor-recipient pairs who are not a match to each other, or a single non-directed anonymous donor, to enter a registry to increase the chances of finding a match for a kidney transplant.
How can I become a living liver donor?
Living donor liver transplantation is possible because the liver is able to regenerate. Up to one half of the liver is surgically removed for transplant into a recipient with liver failure. If you are interested in donating a part of your liver, you can find more information on the Living Liver Donor Program at the University Health Network in Toronto, Ontario.
Is there support for my expenses if I become a living donor?
You will be reimbursed up to $5,500 maximum for out-of-pocket travel and living expenses if you choose to be a living donor for a PEI resident, or if you choose to enter the Kidney Paired Donation Program.
- Travel: up to $1,500 maximum per donor for travel by plane, train, car, taxi, subway, or bus. Car mileage is reimbursed based on the current government rate per kilometre.
- Accommodation: total $875 maximum per donor. Maximum $125 per night for dates corresponding with donation procedures.
- Meals: total maximum $280 per donor – maximum $40 per day.
- Parking: total maximum $101.50 per donor – maximum $14.50 per day.
- Income Loss: total maximum $3,200. The lesser of $400 per week (pro-rated daily) or 55 per cent net weekly earnings (up to eight weeks). Donors who are unemployed or receiving long-term disability, Government assistance, or Canada pension, are not eligible for income assistance. Loss-of-income reimbursement requires the following documentation:
- Proof of income;
- Physician documentation of time required away from work; and
- A statement confirming another source of income is unavailable.
How do I apply for reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses associated with being a living organ donor?
Submit all receipts and official documentation with your claim for reimbursement within 90 days after the transplant procedure to the Provincial Organ and Tissue Coordinating Program Manager.
Who do I contact for more information?
Provincial Organ and Tissue Coordinating Program Manager
95-105 Rochford Street
4th Floor North, Shaw Building
Telephone: (902) 368-5920