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What is organ and tissue donation?

In an end of life situation, families often make many decisions they may not have been expecting. One decision that many families find meaningful is helping others in need through the gift of organ and tissue donation. Ensuring families are offered the opportunity to donate is part of end of life care in Ontario hospitals. Donor families grieving the death of a loved one say that donation has provided a measure of comfort in knowing their gift has given hope and restored life to others.

Hospital staff are legislated to notify Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) when a patient dies. TGLN will assess the patient's medical suitability and check the provincial registry to see if your loved one has registered their consent to donate. Even if your loved one has not registered their wish, you may be contacted by TGLN to discuss the opportunity for donation if your loved one appears to be medically suitable as a donor. Information about organ and tissue donation and how to register your consent can be found at

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Critical Care Medicine

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Avenue, 
D-wing, 1st floor
room D1 08
Toronto, ON M4N 3M5

Phone: 416-480-4522
Fax: 416-480-4999

For information about patients admitted to Sunnybrook's Intensive Care Units, please contact the unit through the hospital switchboard at 416-480-6100