Current Status, Ontario
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.
The Government of Ontario unanimously passed legislation in December 2014 called the Voluntary Blood Donations Act. The new law bans the private sale of blood and plasma and upholds the recommendations of the landmark Krever Inquiry. The Ontario government consulted with stakeholders, debated the legislation at length and effectively brought all parties together to come to a unanimous decision.
Canadian Plasma Resources threatened to sue the Ontario Government, opened their clinics despite the express opposition of former Health Minister Deb Matthews, which prompted their clinics to be raided. However, in the end our democracy prevailed and CPR and all for-profit blood brokers were banned from Ontario!
How awesome is Minister Hoskins? Well, he sure does make us proud to be Canadian! Way to be awesome, Ontario!
News and Media, Ontario
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, […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
August 11th, 2016 | Gobsmacked. That’s the only rational response to news that a) a private company plans to set up shop in Toronto to buy blood plasma and; b) it is perfectly legal for them to do so. Have we already forgotten the tainted-blood tragedy – a debacle that left more than 20,000 Canadians infected with HIV and […]
August 9th, 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 […]
August 9th, 2016 | Ontario is moving to slam the door shut on pay-for-blood clinics before they even open up for business. Health Minister Deb Matthews said Friday that proposed legislation will be introduced in early spring that will stop Canadian Plasma Resources from opening up shop in Toronto and Hamilton. “They haven’t started up business yet so that […]
August 9th, 2016 | If Ontario does allow the for-profit model, McCarthy worries it will open the floodgates for similar clinics in other provinces. “There’s almost a point of no return if we introduce this type of model into Ontario,” says McCarthy. “It will create huge pressures for other provinces to feel compelled to have to join in because […]
Minister Matthews’ Letter to Provincial and Territorial Colleagues to Preserve the Integrity of the Voluntary Blood and Plasma Donation System
August 6th, 2016 | Following the tainted blood scandal of the 1980s and the Krever Commission, Canada’s national blood system was established on the principle of voluntary donation through an agreement by the federal, provincial and territorial governments. That’s why I’m writing today to outline the steps our government is taking to prohibit the operation of private paid plasma […]