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Canadian Blood Services launches refreshed strategic approach


Wednesday, January 31, 2024
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Statement
Our Strategic Plan 2024+, Delivering value to patients, donors and health systems, is now available

Donate joy: lifesaving blood and plasma donations will give families a reason to celebrate this holiday season


Tuesday, December 19, 2023
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News release
DECEMBER 19, 2023 (OTTAWA) – More than 31,000 blood and plasma donors are needed across Canada before January 7, to ensure patients in hospitals have the life essentials they depend on.

Planned maintenance complete


Sunday, December 10, 2023
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Statement
Canadian Blood Services will be undertaking planned maintenance to modernize our information technology infrastructure beginning 19:00 ET on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023.

Historic change opens the door for more blood and plasma donors: human variant of ‘mad cow’ eligibility rule gone for good


Thursday, November 23, 2023
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News release
Two-decade long eligibility requirement lifted for people who spent time in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland or France; newly eligible donors welcome starting December 4, 2023

Canadian Blood Services’ statement on issues identified at a private cord blood bank in Alberta


Thursday, November 02, 2023
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Canadian Blood Services is aware of the issues identified by Health Canada at the Canadian Cord Blood bioRepository in Edmonton, Alberta.

Canadian Blood Services network outage resolved


Thursday, October 26, 2023
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On October 22, Canadian Blood Services experienced technical difficulties stemming from a planned IT network upgrade as part of ongoing work to modernize and improve system resilience for the benefit of hospital customers, donors and employees.

Canadians urged to donate blood and plasma as blood agency faces summer of unprecedented events


Monday, August 28, 2023
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News release
As the country continues to face a unique set of circumstances this summer, Canadian Blood Services is urging everyone who can to donate blood or plasma to help boost supplies.

Former chair of the board, Dr. Verna Skanes, has passed


Wednesday, August 23, 2023
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Canadian Blood Services is saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Verna Skanes. Verna was a founding member of our board of directors and was the chair of our board from 2003-2009.

Blood donors are helping us prepare for future pandemics


Tuesday, June 20, 2023
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News release
TUESDAY, JUNE 20 2023 (OTTAWA) — Canadian Blood Services has been entrusted by the Public Health Agency of Canada through its COVID-19 Immunity Task Force (CITF) to continue researching the prevalence of antibodies to COVID-19 in blood donors.