Minister Adrian Dix

Relevant Quotes:

“...currently reviewing policy options to prohibit pay for plasma in B.C.”, August 1, 2017

Current Status, British Columbia

Update, October 2017

Minister Dix has suggested he will not allow private paid-plasma clinics to open. The NDP government has not taken any steps to implement a legislative ban. Canadian Plasma Resources has said they expect to open a private clinic in BC in 2017. Please see CPR’s business plan here.


BloodWatch is very encouraged to see that steps are being taken in BC to protect the blood system. We have made two trips out to the BC legislature and toured the province last year to raise awareness on this issue. We will make sure Minister Dix holds the promise the BC NDP made and follows through with banning paid-plasma. Come on BC! We believe in you.

Read more about the BC Ministry of Health.

Freedom of Information Documents from BC demonstrating lobby of Canadian Plasma Resources & Biotest AG



January 16, 2017

Maclean’s publishes an expose on “Policy laundering” behind blood brokers In Canada. Read the Maclean’s article.

Update December 21, 2016 – BREAKING –

Canadian Blood Services Says Paid Plasma Clinics Are Harming Voluntary Donations

CEO of CBS speaks out against private-paid plasma clinics. Confirms that they harm the voluntary donor base in Saskatchewan where the private clinic set-up.

PLEASE READ CBC’s national news story here.

December 2016

BC Health Minister Terry Lake is allowing private paid-plasma clinics into his province. Private Blood Broker announced in the Telegraph Journal that a clinic will be open in BC in 2017. This despite Canadian Blood Services asking the Health Ministers to put a “pause” on the clinics as they are introducing their new plasma strategy January 20th of 2017 and moving ahead to build a stand alone plasma collection site and open beds to collect plasma in existing clinics.

July 2016

Canadian Blood Services has confirmed that they will not purchase plasma product from Canadian Plasma Resources or their affiliates.

Minister Terry Lake met with lobbyists for the private blood broker on October 21st, 2014. Ms. Michele Caderio, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Premier’s office, met with lobbyists for CPR on October 31, 2014. – Source BC Lobby Registry.

Minister Lake supports private paid plasma clinics coming to British Columbia. Patient groups in BC, such as the British Columbia Hemophilia Society, have said no to paid-plasma as well as public health advocacy groups and residents throughout the province.

Minister Lake has received thousands of letters from residents who are saying no to paid plasma. The BC Health Coalition has an active campaign urging the BC Government to join Ontario & Quebec in banning private for-profit blood clinics.

NDP Health critic Judy Darcy introduced a version of the Voluntary Blood Donations Act in the BC legislature but it has not yet moved to a second reading.

Minister Lake kindly welcomed for a meeting in May. We are hopeful Minister Lake will reconsider his position.

News and Media, British Columbia

The Toronto Star: Safety of blood supply, not profits, should be Health Canada’s top concern

January 2nd, 2018 | By DANYAAL RAZA Opinion Mon., Jan. 1, 2018 As the snow falls and the mercury drops, Health Canada has found itself in some hot water. The trouble has been years in the making — since at least 2013. That was when Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR), a profit-seeking company that pays individuals for their blood plasma, […]

Radio Canada International: Close for-profit blood clinics, urge advocates

November 23rd, 2017 | In 1997, an inquiry into a catastrophic tainted blood crisis concluded that people should not be paid for blood donations, yet the Canadian government is about to approve the opening of a third, private, for-profit clinic. The Canadian Health Coalition says it has obtained documents that show officials of the government’s own health department helped […]

Maclean’s: A bloody mess – The story behind paid plasma in Canada

November 23rd, 2017 | Anne Kingston November 22, 2017 Internal documents show Health Canada working hand-in-glove with a private company to push a donation model the Krever inquiry warned against. Has it failed in its role as regulator? In February 2016, Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR) opened its first paid plasma collection centre in Saskatoon with a splashy media event […]

CBC News: New Brunswick MP Ginette Petitpas Taylor, named Canada’s minister of health in a cabinet shuffle Monday

August 29th, 2017 | ‘A lot I can bring to the table’: 2nd New Brunswick MP joins Trudeau cabinet Ginette Petitpas Taylor, MP for Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe, named health minister in cabinet shuffle. New Brunswick MP Ginette Petitpas Taylor, named Canada’s minister of health in a cabinet shuffle Monday, says she will draw on her social work experience […]

The Globe and Mail: Ottawa approved for-profit plasma clinic despite warning from Canadian Blood Services

August 25th, 2017 | The Globe and Mail (includes correction) Published Tuesday, Aug. 01, 2017 9:26PM EDT Canadian Blood Services told the federal government in January that the voluntary blood-donation system could be at risk if for-profit plasma collection is allowed to proliferate – six months before Health Canada gave a green light to the country’s third paid plasma […]

The Globe and Mail: Blood agency seeking $855-million in funding to boost plasma supply, document reveals

August 25th, 2017 | The Globe and Mail Published Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 5:00AM EDT Canadian Blood Services is seeking $855-million over seven years to significantly boost the amount of plasma it collects from unpaid donors to make medications, according to a confidential document that summarizes the full cost of the effort. The national blood authority sent the provincial, […]

BloodWatch Strongly Condemns Federal Approval Of Private Paid-Plasma Clinics

April 24th, 2017 | BloodWatch strongly condemns federal approval of a private for-profit paid-plasma collection business in Moncton, New Brunswick. Canadian Blood Services issued a stark warning in December of 2016 stating that private paid-plasma operations are harming the voluntary blood system in Saskatchewan, putting our national voluntary blood system at risk. Read the full statement. 

BREAKING: Alberta government unveils plan to ban private blood collection agencies

March 13th, 2017 | Private companies that pay individuals for providing blood or plasma will be banned from operating in Alberta, under proposed new legislation from the NDP government. Bill 3, the Voluntary Blood Donations Act, was introduced Monday afternoon in the legislature by Health Minister Sarah Hoffman. Read the full Edmonton Sun article.

BREAKING: Alberta introduces legislation to ban donating blood, plasma for profit

March 13th, 2017 | The changes are included in the Voluntary Blood Donations Act, introduced Monday in the legislature by Health Minister Sarah Hoffman. “Donating blood should not be viewed as a business venture, but as a public resource that saves lives every day,” said Hoffman. She said Bill 3 will protect Alberta’s voluntary blood donation system by preventing […]

The Globe and Mail: Canadian Blood Services calls for funding to boost plasma donations

February 1st, 2017 | Health Minister Jane Philpott Shows Signs Of “Reconsidering” Blood Policy Decision. Health Minister Jane Philpott, who has in the past expressed cautious support for paid plasma, said in a statement Tuesday that she has asked Health Canada to “carefully assess” Dr. Sher’s concerns about the Saskatoon clinic’s effect on the voluntary blood-collection system. “CBS has, […]

Maclean’s Authors: Anne Kingston – What a blood plasma-for-profit clinic means for public heath care

January 17th, 2017 | January 14, 2017 – The federal government has quietly approved a plasma-for-profit clinic in Saskatoon, drawing fiery criticism from politicians, scientists and patients Three days before Christmas 2016, jingly seasonal music fills the air at Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR) in Saskatoon, located in a non-descript building in a quiet industrial stretch. In one direction, a […]

BREAKING – Canadian Blood Services Says Paid Plasma Clinics Are Harming Voluntary Donations

December 30th, 2016 | CEO of CBS speaks out against private-paid plasma clinics. Confirms that they harm the voluntary donor base in Saskatchewan where the private clinic set-up. PLEASE READ CBC’s national news story here.


September 13th, 2016 | Stop the export of Canadian blood for profit. Every policy has a story. This is our Canadian story. Watch our video. 

SIGN THE PETITION! Ban for-profit donor-paid plasma collection in Canada on

August 16th, 2016 | We’re happy to announce that, the amazing online campaign platform, is profiling BloodWatch on their site. Check it out and SIGN THE PETITION: Ban for-profit donor-paid plasma collection in Canada. is a new world-wide movement for a better global economy. Here’s what they stand for: Governments that answer to citizens – not corporations Fair […]

People’s Assembly of Victoria: Inside the fight to stop paid plasma

August 16th, 2016 | After hearing that a private company plans to set up paid plasma clinics in B.C., we teamed up with the BC Chapter of the Canadian Hemophilia Society and to bring the call for a BC ban on pay-for-blood and plasma directly to government and BC communities. We went to the Legislature with families who […]

Opposed to blood money

August 16th, 2016 | Advocates for ‘safe blood’ have launched a provincial tour in support of a B.C. ban on pay-for-blood and plasma. The “safe blood advocates” from, the B.C. Health Coalition and the B.C. Hemophilia Society kicked off the weeklong tour yesterday. They are calling on the province to follow Ontario and Quebec’s lead and implement the […]

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