GSL receives funding from Health Canada for ODT project

September 19, 2019
Health Canada


The Global Strategy Lab recently received significant funding from Health Canada’s Health Care Policy Contribution Program to embark on a joint project with the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics that will assess the governance of organ donation and transplantation (ODT) in Canada and make recommendations for change. Working in collaboration with the major actors and stakeholders in Canada’s ODT system, the project aims to develop a comprehensive understanding of the current ODT governance structure and outline options for improving its future effectiveness.

The project budget is just over $330,000 over the course of two years.  These funds will be used to build a research team and engage in consultations with governments and ODT stakeholders. This project is structured around two key reports. The first, planned for Spring 2020, will be an environmental scan and governance process map that provides a detailed overview of the current system of ODT governance in Canada and what can be learned from countries with highly effective ODT systems. The second report, planned for early summer 2020, will propose options for the future governance of the ODT system in Canada to enable and support a higher performing pan-Canadian system.  These reports will set the stage for additional consultations aimed at achieving consensus on an action plan that will give Canada a much better ODT system with improved decision-making and enhanced accountability.

More information about the project can be found here.