Kidney transplantation is the optimal treatment for end stage kidney disease. There are two types of kidney donors—living or deceased—and their proportions vary in different countries. This summary focuses on the living and deceased donation of all organs in Canada, which uses a voluntary opt-in system, where an individual who is eligible to become an organ donor may choose to opt-in to a national or provincial registry.
The total number of kidney transplants performed in Canada in 2019, the last year with data available, was 1483 (1) (including 53 kidney-pancreas transplants but excluding Quebec). The number of total