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Blood Donor Recruitment

  1. On what principles does Canadian Blood Services recruit new donors?
  2. Are we moving toward a system of paying donors for blood?
  3. Should Canadians start banking their blood?
  4. Will Canadian Blood Services be the only player in the new blood supply system, or will non-profit blood centres be licensed as they are in the United States?
  5. Does Canadian Blood Services coordinate donor recognition programs?
  6. Can I donate to either Canadian Blood Services or Héma-Québec?

1. On what principles does Canadian Blood Services recruit new donors?

Canadian Blood Services is grateful to those who donate blood in order to save the lives of their fellow Canadians. Canadian Blood Services is committed to a system based on the principle that blood is a public resource that must be available free to Canadians who need it. Canadian Blood Services will do everything it can to ensure that the donation experience remains one that ensures donors will continue to contribute to the Canadian blood supply system. Canadian Blood Services will work with donors and volunteers to ensure that their needs and expectations are always taken into account in its decision-making.

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2. Are we moving toward a system of paying donors for blood?

No, Canadian Blood Services has no plans to pay people to donate blood. Canadian Blood Services is committed to maintaining the Canadian tradition of unpaid and volunteer donations for both whole blood and plasma. In fact, research shows that Canadians donate blood because they want to help their fellow Canadians in need.

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3. Should Canadians start banking their blood?

The voluntary nature of the blood system in Canada is a fundamental principle. Canada's volunteer donors are the heart of the system. The majority of blood that is transfused in Canada is done under emergency situations. As a result, Canadians don't have the luxury of waiting to receive blood they have 'banked'; they can rely on what is available. That is why it is so important that we have secure supplies of blood available at all times.

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4. Will Canadian Blood Services be the only player in the new blood supply system, or will non-profit blood centres be licensed as they are in the United States?

There are no plans at present to license 'not-for-profit' blood centres in Canada as they exist in the United States.

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5. Does Canadian Blood Services coordinate donor recognition programs?

Yes, Canadian Blood Services is committed to recognizing donors at various milestone donation levels. Whether a donor is giving for his/her first time, making a 10th donation, or is a long term donor reaching the 100th donation level, we want all donors to know how important they are. Recognition items may be given to donors at clinics while an awards ceremony may be scheduled at some of Canadian Blood Services' permanent or fixed locations. Regardless of how many donations an individual has made, every donation can make a difference to up to four Canadians.

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6. Can I donate to either Canadian Blood Services or Héma-Québec?

If you are eligible to donate blood in Canada, you may make a donation to either Héma-Québec in the province of Québec, or to Canadian Blood Services in the rest of Canada.

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