Minister Benoît Bourque

Legislation Status:

Allowed Private Blood Clinics

Current Status, New Brunswick


September 5, 2017

Benoit Bourque is moving into a high-profile position as minister of Health.


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

ALERT: Clinic is built in Moncton will open February of 2017 close to Moncton University.

Minister Boudreau has admitted that Canadian Blood Services has asked the Health Ministers to “pause” on allowing private for profit plasma collection clinics, but has decided to allow the clinics into New Brunswick in spite of this. The reason – to create 15 jobs. Despite the evidence that for-profit systems do in fact impact voluntary systems and these reports have been provided to his office several times, Minister Boudreau says he has “seen no evidence” to compel him to protect the public blood system. Canadian Blood Services has been advising Minister Boudreau not to allow the clinics into New Brunswick since June of 2016. The European Blood Alliance, the World Health Organization, The International Federation of the Red Cross and The Krever Inquiry – which are all baked by scientific evidence and real data all oppose private for-profit systems.

November 13, 2016.

Health Minister Victor Boudreau is continuing to move ahead with allowing private blood brokers into his province. This is quite serious considering Canadian Blood Services has to have 450 new donors in New Brunswick every month due to new restrictions on women donating – please see CBC article here. That means that Minister Boudreau is approving a competitor to CBS – one that will not aid any patients in New Brunswick.

Photo by Stephen MacGillivray Photography & Video

Photo by Stephen MacGillivray Photography & Video

We delivered the SumOfUs petition to Minister Boudreau on October 27th, 2016. Minister Boudreau graciously accepted the petition and said he would take it under consideration. was joined by community and organization leaders from across the province. Minister Boudreau has absolutely no public support for his decision.


**All of the blood plasma collected by private blood brokers would be for sale on the international market.

We have launched our national sign campaign and have erected billboards in Moncton, NB where the clinic is being built. More to come!

*Please note that Canadian Blood Services does not pay donors in the US.


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

CPR has applied for a license to open a private paid-plasma clinic in Moncton. Documents show that Health Minister Boudreau has had meetings with CPR. Please click on this PDF, NB Helping CPR, to read the exchange between the private blood broker, the Health Minister’s office and colleagues. Minister Boudreau supports private for-profit plasma in New Brunswick. Organizations representing nurses, NB Health Coalition, labour organizations and other parties have voiced opposition.

Minister Boudreau was kind enough to meet with in late June of this year. We are hopeful he will reconsider his position.

The PC Caucus allowed to make our presentation to them. We had a meaningful discussion on the topic and we were able to clear up some misconceptions about private paid plasma. David Coon, Leader of the Green Party, and Dominic Cardy, Leader of the NDP, also met with and voiced their opposition to the clinics publicly. We are grateful to everyone in New Brunswick we were able to meet and spend time with. It was clear to us that the people of New Brunswick do not support private for-profit paid plasma clinics.

Come on New Brunswick! Join Ontario and Quebec! Safeguard the integrity of our public blood system! will be back to New Brunswick in October to join the fight to protect our blood system.

* Veuillez noter que la Société canadienne du sang ne paie pas les donneurs aux États-Unis.

La Société Canadienne du Sang a confirmé qu’elle n’achètera aucun des produits de plasma en provenance de Canadian Plasma Resources ou d’une de ses sociétés affiliées.

CPR a déposé une demande de licence pour ouvrir à Moncton une clinique privée de prélèvement de plasma à titre lucratif. Selon plusieurs sources, Victor Boudreau, ministre de la Santé, a tenu des rencontres avec certains responsables de CPR. Vous pouvez ouvrir le fichier pdf suivant : « NB Helping CPR », pour en apprendre davantage sur les échanges entre le courtier en sang rémunéré, le bureau du ministre de la Santé, ainsi que ses collègues. Le ministre Boudreau est favorable à la question du plasma rémunéré en ce qui touche au Nouveau-Brunswick. Nombre d’organismes représentant les infirmières, la Coalition de la santé du Nouveau-Brunswick, des syndicats et autres ont exprimé leur opposition. Le ministre Boudreau a eu l’amabilité de rencontrer à la fin juin de cette année. Nous avons bon espoir qu’il révisera sa position. Le caucus du PC a aussi autorisé à présenter notre position à ce groupe. Nous avons eu une discussion constructive sur le sujet et avons pu éclaircir certaines idées fausses sur le plasma privé à titre lucratif. David Coon, chef du Parti Vert, et Dominic Cardy, chef du NPD, ont également rencontré et exprimé publiquement leur opposition à ce type de cliniques. Nous remercions tous ceux, au Nouveau-Brunswick, que nous avons pu rencontrer et qui nous ont accordé du temps. Il est devenu évident pour nous que les gens du Nouveau-Brunswick ne sont pas en faveur de cliniques privées de plasma à titre lucratif.

Allons Nouveau-Brunswick ! Joignez-vous à l’Ontario et au Québec ! Et préservez l’intégrité de notre système public de dons du sang ! sera de retour au Nouveau-Brunswick en Octobre pour participer à la lutte afin de protéger notre système de dons sanguins.

News and Media, New Brunswick

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: Donald Arseneault, Victor Boudreau and Ed Doherty are leaving cabinet

September 5th, 2017 | September 05, 2017 9:49 AM Brian Gallant drops 3 senior ministers in cabinet shuffle. As Service New Brunswick minister, Doherty had been caught up in the controversy over property assessments. Doherty secured a narrow victory in 2014 following a recount. Meanwhile, Boudreau had been a senior minister in the governments of Gallant and Shawn Graham. […]

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 To Protest Private Paid-Plasma Clinic In Moncton, Call For An Immediate Ban Of Blood Money

May 30th, 2017 | BloodWatch cofounder and tainted blood survivor, Michael McCarthy, will participate in a public protest in front of the private paid-plasma clinic in Moncton today, May 30th, at 12pm. Read the full press release.

Radio Canada – L’opposition à une clinique privée de plasma sanguin gronde au Nouveau-Brunswick

May 30th, 2017 | Le Front commun pour la justice sociale du Nouveau-Brunswick, entre autres intervenants, s’oppose à l’ouverture d’une clinique de l’entreprise Canadian Plasma Resources à Moncton. Le fait que les cliniques de l’entreprise achètent le plasma sanguin dérange particulièrement les opposants. Le premier argument du Front commun est que le corps humain n’est pas à vendre. Le […]

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.

The Todd Veinotte Show – Why private blood plasma is a terrible step for the safety

December 19th, 2016 | December 18, 2016 Executive Director and CoFounder of Kat Lanteigne is on to discuss her group’s opposition towards the opening of a plasma collection clinic in New Brunswick. Listen to the Todd Veinotte Show – Episode 119, the interview on why private blood plasma is a terrible step for the safety and integrity of […]

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