Human Organ and Tissue Donation Act

As of January 18, 2021, the Human Organ and Tissue Donation Act comes into effect. Most Nova Scotians will be deemed to consent to donate their organs and tissues on death unless they opt out. The deemed consent only applies to a deceased person’s donation for the purpose of transplantation.

Nova Scotians may select which organs and tissues they wish to donate, giving them the opportunity to give limited consent. Decisions respecting donation after death will be recorded in a registry.

The deemed consent does not apply to some people, such as: children under 19 years of age, those not ordinarily resident in Nova Scotia, or those who lack legal decision making capacity. A substitute decision maker may opt out for those who lack capacity. If you have a Personal Care Directive, speak to your delegate about your personal choice and keep your legal documents up to date.

For more information on the new process, see:

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