Nova Scotia Health provides health services to Nova Scotians and a wide array of specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. We operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province. Our team of health professionals includes employees, doctors, researchers, learners and volunteers. We work in partnership with community groups, schools, governments, foundations and auxiliaries and community health boards.

Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness supports programs and services that protect and promote health, and treat illness for Nova Scotians and their families. The department provides leadership to the health system and works with the Nova Scotia Health and IWK Health on the delivery of care and treatment, prevention of illness and injury, and promotion of health and healthy living.

Canadian Blood Services operates with a national scope, infrastructure and governance that make it unique within Canadian healthcare. In the domain of organs and tissues, it operates interprovincial organ sharing programs and works collaboratively with Canada’s organ and tissue donation and transplantation community toward system improvement, serving as a biological lifeline for Canadians.

The Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program (CDTRP) is a national research network designed to increase organ and tissue donation in Canada and enhance the survival and quality of life of Canadians living with a transplant. Founded in 2013, the CDTRP develops new knowledge and healthcare practices to increase the availability of transplants for Canadians in need and improve long-term outcomes for patients receiving a transplant. The CDTRP is the first program to bring together and integrate five research themes, overarching from creating a culture of donation to post-transplant long-term health.

Transplant Québec has a mandate from the Minister of Health and Social Services to save lives and improve the health of persons in need of a transplant by coordinating the organ donation process, ensuring the equitable allocation of organs, supporting best clinical practices through consensus building and the mobilization of its partners, and promoting organ donation in the society at large. Transplant Québec, therefore, works to ensure that the greatest possible number of Quebecers waiting for an organ can benefit from a transplant in as timely a fashion as practicable.

Health Canada has been leading the Organ Donation and Transplantation Collaborative (ODTC) with Canadian Blood Services, provincial and territorial governments, patients, family representatives and key stakeholders since 2018. The goal of the Collaborative is to improve Canada’s organ donation and transplantation system and to ensure that Canadians have timely and effective access to care.