Sperm Donor Agreements
Who might need sperm donation?
A single female
An opposite-sex couple in which the male is infertile
An opposite-sex couple in which one of the spouses is transgender
A same-sex lesbian couple
Sperm donation FAQ
Q: What is sperm donation?
A: The contribution, by a third party, of male reproductive cells for the purpose of assisted reproduction. (Source: Termium online)
Q: How does a sperm donation get arranged?
A: Unlike egg donation, sperm donation does not automatically involve high technology and medical intervention.
Q: Is a fertility clinic involved?
A: It is not necessary but sometimes it is preferable.
Q: Are sperm donors anonymous?
A: Sperm donors can be either anonymous or known to the person(s) contracting for the sperm donation.
Q: Is sperm donation legal in Canada?
A: Sperm donation is legal in Canada, with certain restrictions.
Q: I want to get paid for donating my sperm. How do I arrange this?
A: it is illegal to purchase sperm from a donor or a person acting on behalf of a donor.
Sperm donation and the law
J.C.M. v. A.N.A., 2012 BCSC 584 (CanLII)
Synopsis: In J.C.M. v. A.N.A., 2012 BCSC 584, the Supreme Court of British Columbia dealt with a separating lesbian couple who had jointly purchased sperm straws. The court determined that the sperm straws were property, and refused to engage in an analysis beyond property concerns. Authors write that disputes over human gametes involve a complex interplay between family law, property law and Canada’s Assisted Human Reproduction Act.
Sperm donation in the media
"Fertility dispute triggers ripples of concern across Canada after sperm donor wins paternity ruling." National Post. Tom Blackwell, April 10, 2012.
Synopsis: National Post health-care reporter reviews some pitfalls surrounding sperm donation given the present state of the law in Canada.