How do I donate?
Who can donate?
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.
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
- Download the Organ & Tissue Donation Form (.pdf)
- Fill in the form and sign it.
- Mail or fax the form to MSI.
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
- Make the decision share your life : cornea donation information - Palliative Care Service (.pdf)
- Organ & Tissue Donation Form (.pdf)
- Patient & Family Guide:Giving a Kidney (.pdf)
- Patient & Family Guide:Organ and Tissue Donation (.pdf)