Response to Public Interest in our Plasma Operations

There has been public speculation about plasma collection in Canada and what Canadian Blood Services is doing. We want to clarify.

Furry special guests bring joy and comfort to blood donors

Nervous about donating blood? Andrew Moss has helped bring puppy love to mobile donor events in Nova Scotia

Saving lives while inspiring the next generation of blood donors

A half century ago, a committed blood donor motivated Henry Proske to start giving. Now it’s his turn to inspire.

Gift of lifesaving cord blood brought this family ‘full circle’

Years after Manny Ford donated her first child’s umbilical cord blood, another donor saved the life of her second

The need for blood hit home very suddenly for this donor

Days before Amanda Kirby-Sheppard’s latest blood donation, her grandfather was rushed to hospital

Coming together across Canada to support Canada’s Lifeline

Families, colleagues, faith-based organizations and others are helping patients in so many inspiring ways.

Saving lives across Canada with Ismaili CIVIC

Blood and plasma donors and volunteers with this Partners for Life group support patients across the country

Banking of cord blood for transplant temporarily suspended

Beginning June 20, 2022, Canadian Blood Services will suspend processing and banking of new cord blood donations for approximately three months.

Celebrating a new plasma donor centre in Brampton

Local resident Ranjit Singh Panesar cut the ribbon on opening day and was among the first to donate

Number of blood donors plummets during COVID-19 to lowest point in a decade

News release
JUNE 13, 2022 (OTTAWA) – Fewer regular donors during the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the smallest donor base in a decade and has stalled efforts by Canadian Blood Services to replenish a critically low national blood inventory.

Canadian Blood Services welcomes Richard C. Smith as Chief Information Officer

Canadian Blood Services is pleased to welcome Richard C. Smith as chief information officer (CIO), following an extensive national search.

Canadian Blood Services seeks to update blood donor eligibility through latest Health Canada submission

Canadian Blood Services’ goal is to ensure the safety and sufficiency of Canada’s blood and plasma supplies while also maximizing participation in Canada’s Lifeline. One way we do this is by regularly reviewing our eligibility criteria against the latest scientific evidence, as well as advancements

Empty beds strain blood inventory

News release
MAY 17, 2022 (OTTAWA) – Canadian Blood Services is feeling the strain to collect blood, platelets, and plasma following an increase in appointment cancellations and low attendance at donor centres across Canada.

First time plasma donor pays it forward in honour of his late wife

Jim Taylor’s wife Joan received hundreds of lifesaving plasma treatments during her battle with leukemia

Canadian Blood Services to remove eligibility criteria specific to men who have sex with men

News release
April 28, 2022 (OTTAWA) — Canadian Blood Services is pleased to share that Health Canada has approved our request to remove eligibility criteria specific to men who have sex with men and instead focus on sexual behaviour associated with higher risk of infection among all donors.

Volunteer duo shows up to support donors and recipients

This National Volunteer Week, we celebrate the contributions of volunteers like David and Mary-Alice Mirhady

A mighty kind movement brought to you by the Orgamites

This global education program helps educate young children about organs, altruism and organ donation

A tale of two transplants

Moneet Mann and Trish Ganam share their stories to inspire support for other patients

Green Shirt Day 2022 continues the legacy that inspired a nation

Logan Boulet’s legacy inspires Canadians to talk to their families and register as organ and tissue donors

Platelet donation is a lifestyle for this game-loving ‘healer’

Every two weeks, Max Proske, a self-described ‘nerdy and passionate’ donor, hits the chair to help patients

First-in-Canada approach for personalized hemophilia care gets national award

Canadian Blood Services and CHEO recognized for their research partnership that supports children living with hemophilia

‘It’s a privilege to wear the skin that we wear’

This Black History Month, Canadian Blood Services trainer Rhea Young reflects on representation

Partners for Life program connects RBC employees across Canada

Together, RBC teams made over 1000 donations last year, and they’re recruiting new donors all the time

Alberta boy inspires Wolfe Pack Warriors to donate blood

Kane Wolfe received blood during heart surgeries. Now his family rallies blood donors to help others

Her most cherished gift was more time

Donors of all kinds gave Julia Moore one more precious holiday season with a loved one