January 18, 2021: Deemed Consent Enacted in Nova Scotia

On January 18, Nova Scotia became the first jurisdiction in North America to enact deemed consent organ donation system.

The CDTRP, along with four other partners, is privileged support Dr. Stephen Beed and Dr. Matthew Weiss in their research conducting an evaluation of the deemed consent model entitled: “Legislative Strategies to Improve Deceased Donation in Canada: A Special Focus on Evaluating the Impact of Opt-Out Legislation in Nova Scotia”.

This project will gather evidence to inform legislative strategies aimed at improving organ donation and to evaluate the impact of opt-out legislation on organ donation in Nova Scotia.

Overview of Activities:

  • Examine the international experience of opt-out legislation to help guide the implementation of the legislative change in Nova Scotia.
  • Understand public and health care professional opinions on donation and opt-out, the role of the media.
  • Evaluate the impact of the opt-out legislative change in Nova Scotia on key donation metrics.

This project involves collaboration of five partner organizations: Nova Scotia Health, Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program, Transplant Québec and Canadian Blood Services. This project was funded by the Organ Donation and Transplantation Collaborative (ODTC), an initiative led by Health Canada.

For media coverage following the January 18, 2021 debut, please see the links below: