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  • Position Statement: New and Experimental Treatments for Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) EN / FR
  • Position Statement: Reporting of IVF Outcomes EN / FR
  • Bill 20 memoire
  • Position Statement "United Kingdom decision regarding Mitochondrial donation"
  • Fertility FAQ Print E-mail

    1. How many babies are born each year in Canada using in vitro fertilization?

    In 2012, the most recent year for which statistics are available, a total of 27,356 cycles was reported at Canada's 32 IVF centres. These cycles resulted resulted in 5971 live births. (source: Canadian Assisted Reproductive Technologies Registry - CARTR)

    Click here for more information.

    2. How does this compare with other countries?

    The rates of pregnancy and live birth in Canada's 32 fertility clinics are on par with other national registries.

    3. Who tracks these figures?

    Canadian Assisted Reproductive Technologies Registry (CARTR) is a registry where IVF clinics in Canada send their yearly results for compilation into a national average.

    In January 2013, CARTR merged with Better Outcomes Registry & Network (BORN) Ontario, the Ontario perinatal registry. This collaboration is enabling improvements in CARTR data collection, analysis, and reporting.

    Click here for the most recent CARTR report.

    4. Are IVF treatments covered by provincial health plans?

    In all provinces except Quebec IVF treatment is not covered by the provincial health plan. In August 2010, the Quebec government began funding up to three rounds of IVF treatment for couples, with the proviso that only one embryo be transferred at a time. The aim of this is to reduce the number of multiple births, which bring higher risk than "singletons". Early results from Quebec are promising, showing a decrease in twins from 27.2 per cent to 5.2 per cent in the first 6 months of government funding. Click here for a presentation on these results.

    Changes to Quebec's program are now being discussed. Read the CFAS Position Statement and news release on these proposed changes.

    5. How widespread is the problem of infertility?

    Infertility affects 10-15% of reproductive age couples, and the incidence increases rapidly in women after the age of 40. 

    6. What changed with the Supreme Court of Canada decision on Assisted Reproduction?

    In 2007, the government of Quebec challenged Canada's Assisted Human Reproduction Act arguing that healthcare was a provincial matter. Among other things, the Supreme Court ruled that several key powers, including regulating fertility clinics, would now fall under provincial jurisdiction. A ban on the purchase of sperm, eggs, embryos and surrogacy remains.

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    Click here to view an interesting video called Facts about Fertility, by the infertility clinic of the department of Obstetrics & Gynecology of Queen's University