Ontarians can now register as organ and tissue donors online through a new web site, BeADonor.ca. Every registered donor has the potential to save up to eight lives. Previously, Ontarians could only register as organ and tissue donors in person at a ServiceOntario centre or by downloading, completing and mailing a Gift of Life Consent Form.
Now donors can log onto BeADonor.ca, and confirm their current status as an organ donor. Many Ontarians mistakenly believe that the signed donor card they carry in their wallet means they are registered, and that is not the case, as this card pre-dates Ontario’s registry.
“Making the donor registration process more accessible to Ontarians will help to increase much needed donor participation, in turn, saving more lives.”
— Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP, Oak Ridges-Markham
Registering to be an organ donor is a selfless and potentially life-saving act that is now simple and convenient with BeADonor.ca.”
— Greg Sorbara, MPP, Vaughan
“There is no greater gift than the gift of life and, through this new registry, Ontarians who wish to be organ and tissue donors can more easily make their choices known to both their own families and to those in great need.”
— Michael Chan, MPP, Markham-Unionville
While over 80% of Ontarians believe that giving consent to donate in advance of their death is an important thing to do, less than 20% of eligible Ontarians have registered their consent to donate organs and tissue.
By registering consent to donate, an individual’s information is recorded and stored in a secure Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care database so it can be made available to families at the right time, for the purpose of ensuring the patient’s donation decision is known and respected. With evidence of their loved ones’ registered consent, almost all families consent to organ donation.
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