How do I donate?

Who can donate?

Anyone can be an organ donor and if you are 70 years old or younger you have the potential to donate tissue.

You do not need to worry about whether a certain disease or condition would prevent you from donating. If and when donation opportunities arise, health professionals review your health history to determine the suitability of organs and tissues for transplant.  As with donating blood, potential organ and tissue donors are medically screened to prevent the transmission of disease to recipients.  

Patients who plan to receive Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) may also choose to donate organs and/or tissues as part of their end of life care. If you have questions about MAiD and donation please speak with your MAiD provider or call 902-473-5523 to speak with one of our donation coordinators. 

Organ & Tissue Donation for Medical Assistance in Dying - Information for Patients (.pdf)

I am interested in being a donor. What do I do? 

Step 1: Have the conversation

Make sure your family knows you wish to be an organ and/or tissue donor. Even if you have registered as a donor, health professionals still need to ask your family for consent before recovering organs and/or tissue.

Step 2: Register your decision to donate

Mail: 
MSI Registry and Enquiry

P.O. Box 500

Halifax, NS
B3J 2S1
 
Fax: 902-481-3160
 
If you need help with the form call MSI at 902-496-7008 or toll-free at 1-800-563-8880. 
 
*Military Personnel: 
To register as an organ and/or tissue donor in Nova Scotia, call MSI at 902-496-7008 or toll-free at 1-800-563-8880 to request an Organ & Tissue Donation Form for military personnel. Fill in the form, mail or fax it to MSI. Once registered, a donor card will be mailed to you.
 
If you have questions about organ or tissue donation please call 902-473-5223 to speak to one of the donation coordinators.

Step 3: Spread the word

Over 50 per cent of the Nova Scotians have registered that they intend to participate in donation. Talk to others about the importance of donation and encourage them to visit our website for more information.

Learn more: documents and forms