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National Blood Donor Week – Rain or shine, the need for blood never goes away

Montréal, June 12, 2017 – Héma-Québec is using National Blood Donor Week, which continues until June 19, to remind the population that Québec’s blood reserve belongs to everyone and that, rain or shine, the need for blood never takes a holiday.


20th annual National Organ and Tissue Donor Week - Give a legacy of life!

Québec City, April 24, 2017 – Héma-Québec will mark the 20th annual National Organ and Tissue Donor Week from April 24 to 30 and continue its efforts to raise awareness among prospective donors about registering their consent and informing their family of their decision. It is important to point out that, although a majority of Quebecers confirm they are in favour of organ and tissue donation, fewer than half have actually formalized their consent. 


26th annual Black History Month: Héma-québec calls on women in black communities to give blood

Montréal, February 17, 2017 – On the occasion of the 26th edition of Black History Month, Héma-Québec would like to emphasize how essential contributions from Québec’s Black communities are to the public blood supply. The various initiatives and efforts implemented in recent years to further engage these communities in this regard have helped recruit more than 4,500 new blood donors.


Statement by Héma-Québec regarding the shooting that took place January 29 at the Centre islamique de Québec

Montréal, January 30, 2017–Héma-Québec was shocked to learn that one of its employees, Mr. Alexandre Bissonnette, was arrested as a suspect in the tragic events that took place at the Centre culturel islamique de Québec on January 29, 2017.


Discover Héma-Québec’s New Awareness-raising Campaign

Héma-Québec’s new awareness-raising campaign highlights the vital link that connects two people through a donation: a brief, noble act for the donor, but one that completely transforms the life of the recipient.


300 mother's milk donors needed

Montréal, October 20, 2016–Héma-Québec’s Public Mothers’ Milk Bank is intensifying its activities to recruit mothers from the metropolitan communities of Montréal and Québec City. In order to attain the objective of 500 participants each year, the organization is looking for 300 additional donors.


Inauguration of the PLASMAVIE-GLOBULE centre: 50 more donors invited to roll up their sleeve every da

Gatineau, September 21, 2016–Héma-Québec is making the most of the ceremonies highlighting the start of the activities of the PLASMAVIE Plasma Donor Lounge and the GLOBULE Blood Donor Centre in Gatineau to launch a new appeal to blood donors in the greater Gatineau region.

Men Who Have Sex With Men – Modification to the eligibility criteria for donating blood as of August 15, 2016

Montréal, June 20, 2016 – Health Canada has responded favourably to requests submitted by Héma-Québec and Canadian Blood Services and has reduced the temporary exclusion period for donating blood for men who have sex with men (MSM).


New blood donation centre – 500 Donors Expected Each Week at Gatineau

Gatineau, April 21, 2016 – Just days after the opening of the PLASMAVIE Plasma Donor Lounge and the GLOBULE Blood Donor Centre in Gatineau, Héma-Québec is launching a recruitment call for donors.


National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week – Sign for Life!

Québec City, April 17, 2016 – During National Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Week, on now until April 24, Héma-Québec would like to re-emphasize the importance of signing the organ and tissue donation consent form that comes in the mail with your health insurance card renewal notice and letting your family know what your wishes are.


PLASMAVIE Sherbrooke: a blood donation experience to discover in Estrie

Sherbrooke, March 15, 2016—Héma-Québec is officially launching the PLASMAVIE Plasma Donor Lounge activities in Sherbrooke. Estrie donors, who are already very invested in the cause of blood donation, now have a complementary alternative to mobile blood drives. They are invited to give blood in a pleasant and personalized atmosphere.


Zika Virus and Other Similar Viruses – Héma-Québec Implements a New Measure to Ensure the Safety of Blood Products

Montréal, February 3, 2016 – Starting Sunday, February 7, blood donors returning from trips abroad will have to satisfy a new blood donation eligibility criterion. This measure concerns not only the risks associated with the Zika virus, but also other similar viruses. It applies in particular to Dengue fever and Chikungunya.


Blood donation – The contribution of the Black communities has increased significantly, but the need is still great

Montréal, February 1, 2016 – Héma-Québec is making an effort to reach out to more donors in the Black communities. More than 4,050 donors from these communities have responded to the appeal to date, rolling up their sleeves to contribute to the collective blood supply.


350 plasma donors still sought in Sherbrooke

Sherbrooke, January 7, 2016–Days before the planned opening of the PLASMAVIE Plasma Donor Lounge in Sherbrooke on January 29, Héma-Québec is launching a new appeal for the still needed 350 donors in order to reach the 1,000 registration mark to achieve the centre’s initial recruitment goal.


Canadian expertise confirmed – Héma-Québec’s Public Cord Blood Bank achieves world-class status

Montréal, December 21, 2015 – Héma-Québec’s Public Cord Blood Bank crossed an important threshold today, by making the 10,000th unit of cord blood available for transplant.


1,000 donors sought for future PLASMAVIE Lounge – Héma-Québec steps up donor recruitment for its Sherbrooke centre

Sherbrooke, December 9, 2015—Héma-Québec is preparing for its upcoming arrival in Sherbrooke and is finalizing major work at its future PLASMAVIE Plasma Donor Lounge. With the opening a few weeks away, Héma-Québec is stepping up its recruitment activities to obtain the 1,000 registrations needed to reach the centre’s initial objective.


Trois-Rivières and surrounding areas – More arms are needed

Montréal, November 17, 2015 — Héma-Québec must reach 13,500 donations at its Trois-Rivières PLASMAVIE Plasma Donor Lounge by March 31, 2016. However, with the deadline four and a half months away and only a little over a third of the objective reached, it is clear that Héma-Québec needs more arms in order for the Kruger street centre to achieve its target.


PLASMAVIE-GLOBULE in Saguenay: First Double Banner Donor Centre in Québec

Saguenay, September 17, 2015 – Héma-Québec has officially launched the activities of the PLASMAVIE Plasma Donor L and the GLOBULE Blood Donor Centre in Saguenay.


Serge Maltais named President and CEO of Héma-Québec

Montréal, April 28, 2015 – The Chair of Héma-Québec’s Board of Directors, Martine Carré, is pleased to announce the appointment of Serge Maltais to the position of President and CEO of Héma-Québec effective May 18.


Canada’s largest human tissue bank is in Québec

Québec, April 24, 2015 – When Patrick Beaupré suffered an eye injury at just 19 years of age, he would have become blind were it not for the generosity of one of the 734 individuals who consented to donate human tissues before they died last year and the expertise of the Centre universitaire d’ophtalmologie de Québec where Patrick received a corneal transplant.