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  • March 29, 2012

Advisory Committee Proposed

to Investigate Ways to Increase Donor Registry

TORONTO- Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP for Oak Ridges-Markham, debates her Private Member’s Resolution to establish an advisory committee to investigate all possible options for encouraging and improving organ and tissue donation in Ontario. This committee would also investigate ways of increasing the quality of care for organ or tissue donors.

For every one person registered as an organ and tissue donor, eight lives can be saved. With over 1500 people on Ontario’s Organ and Tissue Transplant waiting list it is important for the provincial government to consider the quality of care for patients while on this list. Many people remain on the waiting list for an organ or tissue transplant and some unfortunately die prior to receiving the surgery.

Here’s what people have to say:

"As director of the Multi Organ Transplant Program at the University Health Network and the University of Toronto Transplantation Institute, I congratulate Dr. Helena Jaczek on this private members resolution which is designed to improve organ and tissue donation in the Province of Ontario. I am highly supportive of the resolution and commit my energy to increasing access for patients requiring transplantation services in the Province of Ontario and Canada.”

- Dr. Gary Levy, Director, University of Toronto Transplant Institute Multi Organ Transplant Program University Health Network

"We fully support your efforts to address effectively the challenge of increasing the donation of organs and tissue across Ontario. We also thank you for your efforts to enhance the quality of life of patients needing an organ transplant, their families and caregivers with your Private Members Resolution."

- Karen Philp, Executive Director, Canadian Patient Coalition

“I would just like to say that I am very impressed that you have a link
on your home page to the website. I think all members of
parliament should have this link and would just like to say THANK YOU
for leading the way!”
-Joanna Mitchell- Founder, Life Donation Awareness Association

“I am pleased that you have introduced this bill, and I certainly support your efforts to determine if we can do more to facilitate organ donation.”

-Charles H. Tator, Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Toronto, and

Toronto Western Hospital

“We fully support your efforts to address the challenge of increasing the donation of organs and tissue across Ontario. Your Private Member’s Resolution provides hope that something more will be done. Thank you on behalf of those living with and affected by kidney disease.”

- Jim O’Brien, Executive Director, Ontario Branch, The Kidney Foundation of Canada

Quick Facts

-As of December 2011 there are over 2,343,263 Ontarians registered to be donors.

-1 organ donor can save up to 8 lives (

-each kidney transplant surgery costs hospitals about $25,000, dialysis costs approximately $70,000 annually per patient.- Attorney Generals Report

-Since 2001, 341 people have died in Ontario waiting for a kidney (Canadian Organ Replacement Register)

-Less than 8% of Ontario’s tissue needs were met with Ontario tissue, due to a lack of resources to recover, process, and store it, which resulted in hospitals purchasing tissue elsewhere (often from the United States and Quebec.

For More Information:

Lesley Sherban 416-212-7308

Legislative Assistant


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