The Nickel Belt MP stands by Bill C-316 and its efforts to increase organ donor registration rates across Canada.
NICKEL BELT-GREATER SUDBURY – Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, is proud to support Bill C-316, An Act to amend the Canada Revenue Agency Act (organ donors). The proposed amendment would allow Canadians to use their tax forms as a way of declaring their consent to become an organ and tissue donor in their province. The federal government would then play an active role in the process and disclose the recorded information to provincial donor organizations to assist them in identifying opportunities.
“I fully support and stand by Bill C-316 as organ donation is a matter that is close to my heart. Organ donation and transplantation are important for people like my aunt Claire Horner of Sturgeon Falls who received a kidney in 2005, and my friend André Auger of Sturgeon Falls, who received a lung last year. They’re 2 out of 17,323 Ontarians who have received a lifesaving organ transplant since 2003 and I wholeheartedly feel that this Bill has great potential to save more lives across Canada,” Serré said.
Back in April of this year, Serré stood in the House of Commons in front of his peers to raise awareness on organ and tissue donation and why registering is important. He also encouraged members of the community to register their consent to become a donor on numerous occasions through his social media platforms. “Greater Sudbury and West Nipissing are ranked among Ontario’s top donors; holding the 4th and 12th place respectively for highest registered donors in the province. There is still more that can be done to improve the system and eradicate wait lists, and I am confident that if we double down to increase organ donation awareness, all of Canada will benefit,” he added.
According to the Canadian Transplant Society, 90% of Canadians are in support of organ and tissue donation but less than 25% of them have made plans to donate. “The passing of Bill C316 would make it easier for residents in Nickel Belt-Greater Sudbury to become organ donors and contribute to the ongoing efforts to boost organ donation registration Canada-wide. This collaboration between the federal and provincial government would not only facilitate organ donations but also ensure that all Canadians have timely and effective access to care.” Serré concluded.
- Bill C-316 was first introduced in the House of Commons on October 16, 2016 by Conservative MP Len Webber.
- As of September 30, 2018, 1,590 Ontarians are waiting for an organ transplant.
- 33% of Ontarians are registered donors. This represents 4.1 million out of an eligible 12.4 million.