BC Transplant Society

BC Transplant Society (BCTS) founded in 1985 is now an agency of Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) in the Canadian province of British Columbia that registers consent to be donors of organs for Organ transplantation.

British Columbia Transplant Society
  • 555 West 12th Avenue
ServicesOrgan Donor Registration
Province-wide pre & post-transplant services
medical research
Membership (2016)
1,037,807 registered donors[1]
Parent organization
Provincial Health Services Authority

About 300 British Columbians receive an organ transplant each year via the BC Organ Donor Registry. From 2009 to 2013, the province had the country's highest growth rate in deceased donations.[2] While about 85 per cent of the general public support the donation idea, only about 19 per cent actually register.[2] Twelve per cent of organ donors in BC are non-Caucasian donors, a slightly higher ethnicity rate than the national average of 9 per cent.[3]

In addition to managing the provincial organ donor registry, BCTS delivers donated organs within the province and also to other Canadian provinces. BCTS also manages policies, standards and guidelines for transplants and funds regional health programs for pre-transplant and post-transplant services.

Transplant Types

BC is one of five provinces that have programs to increase organ donations from people who die of heart failure, if the family of the fatal patient agrees.[3]

Liver transplant

Liver transplants in BC have improved in the 21st century. 1989 was the start of liver transplants in BC. Low performance rates resulted in researcher evaluation. From 1997-2001, 150 patients were declared unsuitable for liver transplant due to five categories:[4]

  1. unsuitable for medical reasons
  2. failure to meet minimal criteria for alcohol use
  3. substance abuse (i.e., the use of street drugs)
  4. noncompliance with medical treatment and medical recommendation
  5. and lack of social support.


Transplant Centres are located at:

Regional Clinics are located at:

  • Fraser Health Transplant Clinic
  • Kamloops Royal Inland Hospital
  • Kelowna General Hospital
  • Penticton Regional Hospital
  • Prince George Regional Hospital
  • Trail's Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital
  • Victoria's Royal Jubilee Hospital
  • Nanaimo Kidney Care & Transplant Clinic


Created in 1985.

In 1986, BCTS was the first organization in North America to combine organ donation registry and transplantation.[2]

In 1991, BCTS established its annual Operation Popcorn project which delivers popcorn tins to appreciate health care workers for more than 25 years.[5]

In 1992, BCTS established Transplant Research Foundation of British Columbia (TRF) with funding and administrative support.[6]

In 1997, BCTS created North America's first online organ registration service for public access.[2]

In 2001, the new government of Premier Gordon Campbell added BCTS and other province-wide specialized health service societies to be agencies of the newly created Provincial Health Services Authority.

In 2012, the province's rate of living(19.6 per million) and deceased(15.2/million) donors exceeded the national averages (16.3 and 13.6 respectively).[2] The BC rate is an increase from previous years. For example, in 2009 there were just 7.2/million deceased donors in BC.[7]

A 2012 Miss Universe Canada winner included BC Transplant Society as one of her charity promotions due to a cousin donating his heart.[8]

See also


  1. "Current Statistics". transplant.bc.ca. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  2. "BCT Background PDF" (PDF). transplant.bc.ca. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  3. Ellis, Erin (2014-12-19). "B.C. falls below national organ donation rates, despite increases". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  4. Alali, J; Ramji, A; Ho, JK; Scudamore, CH; Erb, SR; Cheung, E; Kopit, B; Bannon, CA; Chung, SW; Soos, JG; Buczkowski, AK; Brooks, EM; Steinbrecher, UP; Yoshida, EM (Feb 2006). "Liver transplant candidate unsuitability: A review of the British Columbia experience". Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology. 20 (2): 95–99. doi:10.1155/2006/879103. PMC 2538970. PMID 16482235.
  5. Hinzmann, Christine (2016-12-07). "Operation Popcorn gives thanks to healthcare workers". Prince George Citizen.
  6. "Our Story (TRF)". trfbc.org. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  7. Waters, Shannon (2016-02-27). "BC SEES DECEASED ORGAN DONATION DOUBLE OVER SIX YEARS". Prince George Citizen. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  8. Hopkins, Michelle (2012-06-04). "Bully victim turned beauty queen palmer grad wins miss universe canada". Richmond News. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
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