Organ donation and transplantation in Québec

The donation and transplant process involves two distinct series of operations that need to come together at the same time in different, initially undetermined locations, based on an unpredictable event and within a short timeframe.


These two series of operations have different logistical needs and involve different people: a donor and someone awaiting a transplant. For ethical reasons, the professionals involved in each of the two series must remain independent from one another. At the same time, the work performed needs to be collaborative, as the processes’ end points are invariably one and the same: a pairing based on an exchange of clinical data that must take place ideally within 24 hours. 

Sequences of major operations: donation chain process / transplantation *French version only
(Séquences d'opérations majeures: chaînes du don/transplantation)


The 2010–2014 Organizational Strategy provides an action plan focusing on three areas of intervention, each calling for action on different levels:

  • Consolidate activities directly under Transplant Québec’s purview: develop proven practices by giving them more depth and rigour through ongoing organizational learning.
  • Rally the relevant institutions: play a lead role in the joint efforts of healthcare and other organizations involved in order to pursue and bolster the collaboration and consultation needed to improve the system, including a new effort to promote living donation.
  • Promulgate our concerns and our specific expertise: promote the emergence of an overall vision of the field of donation and transplantation, support our advisory role among all stakeholders province-wide, and reassess how the system as a whole works.