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Backgrounder: Kidney Paired Donation program

Key Facts

  • Since January 2009, more hundreds of living donors across Canada have shared the gift of life through the national Kidney Paired Donation program, including many non-directed (not directed towards a friend or family member) anonymous donors.
  • There are 23 Living Kidney Donation and Transplant Programs involved in the Kidney Paired Donation program across Canada.
  • Non-directed anonymous donors are responsible for more than two-thirds of the transplants in the Kidney Paired Donation program.
  • In the KPD program to date, all patients with a match have received a transplant in less than a year.
  • Before the KPD program, patients could wait for many years before receiving a transplant.