Minister Kelvin Goertzen

Legislation Status:

Has Not Taken A Position Yet

Current Status, Manitoba

BREAKING:

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.


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

Minister Goertzen and the Manitoba Government have not taken a position on this issue yet. When we have an update we will post it. We have reached out to them.

Manitoba is unique as they have a small facility in Winnipeg, Cangene Biopharma Inc, which remunerates donors. It was grandfathered into the Krever Inquiry and cited as a “rare circumstance”. Most of their donors have a rare peculiarity, Rh-negative blood, which is used to create a lifesaving Rh immune globulin medication.

However, that does not stop Manitoba from passing legislation and grandfathering Cangene into the legislation – this is done all of the time when we write new laws! We share blood in Canada and any additional moves to privatize plasma collection will take away donors from Canadian Blood Services.

News and Media, Manitoba

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.


STOP PLASMA FOR PROFIT

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


Globe Editorial: Paying for blood has too high a cost

August 16th, 2016 | The Globe recently came out against paid plasma in this editorial from April 27th. “Earlier this week, the CEO of Canadian Blood Services, an organization born in the aftermath of the tainted blood scandal that claimed thousands of lives and cost billions in financial settlements, mused about increasing the country’s plasma supply by, just maybe, […]


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

August 16th, 2016 | We’re happy to announce that SumOfUs.org, 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. SumOfUs.org 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 […]


Ottawa Citizen: Blood must remain a public resource

August 16th, 2016 | Kat Lanteigne’s opinion piece in the Ottawa Citizen: The debate over whether to pay people for their plasma is not a scientific one. It is about whether or not the people of B.C. want to allow private blood brokers to take over the role of Canadian Blood Services (CBS). Paid is private, meaning that the […]


CBC News: Paid plasma in Canada: 10 things to know about the business of blood

August 15th, 2016 | While blood looks red, its largest component is a clear, liquid gold known as plasma — what’s left after red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and other components are removed. And it’s worth a lot of money. Here are 10 things to know about the pay-for-plasma landscape in Canada (…) This is a business […]


MACLEAN’S Article: Should we pay for blood?

August 15th, 2016 | The question of blood-system safety remains a flashpoint in Canada, two decades after the “tainted blood” scandal of the late ’80s and early ’90s. More than 20,000 Canadians became infected with HIV and hepatitis C due to improperly screened blood and plasma from paid donors in Haiti and American skid rows. The tragedy led to […]


CBC News: Paying for blood plasma raises new questions

August 12th, 2016 | Health Canada says private clinics may pay donors for plasma, but critics wonder what is behind the push for a major change in policy. (…) Was this the promised public consultation about whether Canadians are okay with the idea that a human blood fluid can be bought and sold? “It wasn’t public, it was a closed […]


CBC News – New Brunswick: BloodWatch fights Moncton pay-for-donation clinic

August 12th, 2016 | A company that pays people for blood donation is trying to open a clinic in Moncton. CPR is aiming to open ten clinics across the country in the next few years. The company has been stopped in Ontario and Quebec with laws that ban payment for blood donations but it’s getting a warm reception in […]


The Globe and Mail: Why we shouldn’t pay Canadians to donate blood

August 12th, 2016 | In the early 1980s, more than 2,000 Canadians who received blood transfusions were infected with HIV and as many as 30,000 contracted Hepatitis C. This tragic scandal, and the Krever Inquiry that followed, resulted in the overhaul of our blood donation system to ensure the safety of any blood products. This made Canada one of […]


The Star Editorial: Ontario is right to ban paid donations of blood plasma

August 12th, 2016 | Blood is a sensitive topic in Canada, and rightly so. About 30,000 Canadians were unknowingly infected with HIV and hepatitis C during the 1980s from tainted blood and plasma they had been assured was safe. Thousands of lives were cut short. Infected blood, purchased from disreputable sources, including derelicts on U.S. skid rows, was at […]


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