NB Organ and Tissue Program

National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week

Horizon Health Network and the New Brunswick Organ and Tissue Program are inviting all New Brunswickers to join them in raising awareness for organ, eye and tissue donation during National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week from April 24 to 30.

Events taking place during this week acknowledge and honour the donors and donor families who gave the gift of life. They also acknowledge the thousands of patients in need of a transplant and those who have died waiting.

We are all working together during this week to inspire New Brunswickers and all Canadians to register their intent to donate and talk to their families about their decision to donate.

Green Shirt Day and the Logan Boulet Effect

Video produced by BC Transplant

The NB Organ and Tissue Program (NBOTP) is a provincial program working directly with health care providers and deceased donor families to coordinate and support organ, cornea, and tissue donation across New Brunswick. It also exists to increase awareness and promote organ and tissue donation.

If you needed an organ or cornea or tissue transplant would you have one? If so, please help others.

In New Brunswick hundreds of people are currently waiting for a hero.

You could be that hero.

The decision to become an organ, cornea or tissue donor is an important commitment. There are approximately 4,400 Canadians waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. Not everyone in need of a vital organ receives a transplant. In fact, on average 250 Canadians die each year waiting. By becoming an organ, cornea, or tissue donor, you are saving or improving lives.

1 Organ Donor can save up to 8 lives.

1 Tissue Donor (e.g. bones and tendons) can improve the lives of 75 people.

1 Ocular Donor (e.g. corneas) can restore sight for 2 people.

Anyone can be a potential organ donor, no matter your age or health. The medical suitability of the organs, corneas, and tissues is determined by trained health professionals.

You are six times more likely to need a transplant than to become an organ donor.

It only takes two simple steps to register your intent to donate:

  1. Register your intent to donate on your Provincial Medicare Card. You can do this by calling Service New Brunswick at 1-888-762-8600 and select “2” to request your Medicare Card be updated  or by completing a Medicare Change Request form. Your new Medicare card will clearly display a “D” to indicate you are a donor. You may change or withdraw your decision to donate at any time.
  2. Discuss your decision with your family or loved ones. It is important that those closest to you know your wishes.

For more information:

Organ Donation

Cornea Donation

Tissue Donation