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Ottawa Fertility Law - Great Expectations

Embryo Donation

Q: What is embryo donation?
A: The contribution, by a third party, of fertilized eggs for the purpose of assisted reproduction.

Q: How does an embryo donation get arranged?
A: (Usually through fertility clinic)

Q: Are embryo donors anonymous?
A: Embryo donors can be either anonymous or known to the person(s) contracting for the sperm donation.

Q: Is embryo donation legal in Canada?
A: Embryo donation is legal in Canada.

Q: I want to get paid for donating my embryos. How do I arrange this.
A: Paying, offering to pay, or advertising payment for embryo donation is illegal in Canada.

Embryo donation may pose challenges if there is a need to seek a declaration of parentage. Ontario case law on declarations of parentage consider whether the intended parent is genetically linked to the child.

Embryo donation in the media