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How to be a Donor

Hundreds of Nova Scotians are waiting for organs and tissues. You can give the legacy of life by signing up to be an organ and tissue donor.

To become an organ and tissue donor in Nova Scotia, you sign up through your Health Card. There are just three simple steps:

  1. Download the Organ & Tissue Donation Form (PDF, 85k).
  2. Fill in the form and sign it.
  3. Mail or fax the form to MSI.

Mail: MSI Registry and Enquiry
P.O. Box 500
Halifax, NS B3J 2S1

Fax: (902) 481-3160

Need help? Call MSI at (902) 496-7008 or toll-free 1-800-563-8880.

Military Personnel Only: To register as an organ and/or tissue donor in Nova Scotia, call MSI at (902) 496-7008 or toll-free 1-800-563-8880 to request an Organ & Tissue Donation Form for military personnel. Fill in the form, mail or fax it to MSI. Once registered, a donor card will be mailed to you.

We hope you will consider giving a legacy of life.

Having the Talk

Make sure your family knows your wish to be an organ and tissue donor. Even if you have registered as a donor, health professionals still need to ask your family for consent before recovering organs or tissue. Donation can take place only if your family consents at the time of death.

You can make a difficult situation easier for your family by talking about organ and tissue donation now. When your family knows and respects your wish to be a donor, they will feel more comfortable consenting on your behalf if the situation ever requires it.

As heart recipient Bob Manuel says, “Donation is a very personal choice. Once the decision is made, tell your family so they can be comfortable with your choice.”

Many donor families find solace in knowing their loved one’s final wishes were carried out. At a time of shock and grief, they can take comfort in knowing that their loved one’s organs and tissues saved or improved the lives of others, and that some good came of their personal tragedy.