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More reasons than ever to join Canada’s Lifeline

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
News release
Donors play vital role in meeting the needs of patients every day MAY 15, 2019 (OTTAWA) – Canadian Blood Services is launching a new national multi-media campaign it hopes will give Canadians many new and compelling reasons to support patients and help save lives. The ‘Reasons’ campaign urges

Blood donation waiting period for men who have sex with men reduced to three months

Wednesday, May 08, 2019
News release
Health Canada has approved Canadian Blood Services’ request to reduce the blood donation waiting period for men who have sex with men from one year to three months.

Health Canada provides support to Canadian Blood Services to further improve organ and tissue donation and transplantation in Canada

Monday, April 08, 2019
News release
One organ and tissue donor can benefit more than 75 people and save up to eight lives. With more than 4,400 people in Canada waiting for a transplant right now and only a fraction of Canadians registered as donors, the need is critical.

The power of a single conversation

Saturday, April 06, 2019
"Countless lives will be saved because of that one conversation Logan had with his family," writes Dr. Graham Sher. On Green Shirt Day, we urge you to honour the legacy of this young man by registering as a donor in your province and having the conversation with your loved ones.

New name, same registry

Tuesday, April 02, 2019
News release
What was previously called the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network will be known from now on as Canadian Blood Services Stem Cell Registry. Effective as of April 2019, the transition to a new name will take place over a 1-year period.

Keeping the promise: our new strategic plan

Thursday, March 28, 2019
MARCH 28, 2019 (OTTAWA) – Canadian Blood Services is pleased to announce the launch of our new strategic plan, Keeping the Promise, 2019–2024 . It addresses emerging priorities in health care, while ensuring that Canadian Blood Services remains responsive, relevant and, above all, focused on

Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life support NextGen Lifeline youth recruitment program to help save lives

Thursday, March 07, 2019
News release
MAR. 7, 2019 (WINNIPEG) – Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life have joined Canadian Blood Services as Founding Sponsor of the NextGen Lifeline youth recruitment program. This program is designed to engage Canada’s youth and make vital connections with the goal to help every patient, match


Monday, March 04, 2019
Impact stories
Like many people, Veronica Vardy never really thought about the blood supply. It wasn’t until she was sitting by her daughter’s side, watching the blood from a stranger drip life back into her tiny body, that it hit her.

System progress data show continued improvement in deceased organ donation rates

Monday, January 28, 2019
News release
In 2017, the generous gifts of 1,335 organ donors and 4,969 tissue donors and their families saved or improved the lives of thousands of Canadian patients. Canada has shown a sustained improvement in deceased organ donation, representing a remarkable increase of 51 per cent since 2008. The 2017 data
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