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e-2398 (Health)

Initiated by Myles Lynch from St. Andrews West, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Over 4,500 Canadians are currently waiting for an organ transplant;
  • 260 Canadians died in 2019 while waiting for an organ transplant;
  • One organ and tissue donor can benefit the lives of 75 people and save the lives of 8 individuals;
  • As the Canadian population ages, the need for organ and tissue donation will increase;
  • 90% of the Canadian population support organ and tissue donation but less than 20% have made plans to ensure the donation takes place;
  • For most organs, patient survival is greater than 80 per cent after five years; and
  • The province of Nova Scotia has enacted an opt-out program for organ and tissue donation going into effect this year and other Canadian provinces are moving to do the same.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to direct the Standing Committee on Health to launch a study into the feasibility of the creation of a National Opt-Out program for organ and tissue donation, with the hope of saving countless lives across Canada.
Open for signature
January 28, 2020, at 9:37 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
April 27, 2020, at 9:37 a.m. (EDT)
Photo - Eric Duncan
Stormont—Dundas—South Glengarry
Conservative Caucus
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