Press Releases

  • Héma-Québec’s holiday campaign continues

    Montréal, December 22, 2004

    With Christmas and New Year just around the corner, we invite the public to generously give blood as part of the campaign organized by Héma-Québec. Since December 2, over 15,300 people have given blood at the 100 blood drives held thus far. Share a unique gift is the theme of this year's campaign, which will continue until January 9, 2005. As part of this campaign, Héma-Québec will have organized some 175 blood drives with various community partners to receive 33,000 donors throughout Québec.

  • 33,000 blood donors expected during Héma-Québec’s holiday campaign

    Montréal, December 2, 2004

    Under this year's theme of Share a unique gift, Héma-Québec's holiday season campaign will take place from December 2, 2004 to January 9, 2005. During this time, Héma-Québec hopes to welcome 33,000 blood donors at the some 175 blood drives that will be organized in co-operation with community partners throughout Québec.

  • Regional public meetings concerning the blood supply Héma-Québec completes its provincial tour

    Montréal, November 15, 2004

    Héma-Québec has completed the tour that took it to approximately 20 cities and towns throughout Québec. Through a series of events that were open to the public, Héma-Québec wanted to highlight the importance of the role played by local stakeholders in the organization of mobile blood drives and, on a greater scale, in the planning of the blood product supply.

  • Héma-Québec joins the Canadian Armed Forces for a blood donation operation

    Montréal, November 8, 2004

    Héma-Québec is joining the Canadian Armed Forces in a blood donation campaign across the country from November 11, 2004 to January 13, 2005. This campaign is being held for the third year and is organized in collaboration with the Canadian Blood Services and the Canadian Armed Forces.

  • Upper age limit for donating blood eliminated:

    Héma-Québec modifies its criteria concerning donor age

    Montreal, October 29, 2004

    As of October 31, 2004, the upper age limit for donating blood in Québec will be eliminated. In fact, Héma-Québec is modifying its criteria concerning donor age.

  • Héma-Québec inaugurates its new building on the Université Laval Campus

    Montréal, September 29, 2004

    Before an audience of several hundred guests, Héma-Québec today inaugurated its new building located on the Université Laval campus at 1009 Du Vallon Road in Sainte-Foy. The Honourable Sam Hamad, representing the Ministre de la Santé et des Services sociaux, was present to celebrate this event and pay tribute to all Héma-Québec employees.

  • West Nile Virus: Héma-Québec continues screening the sample pool

    Montréal, September 24, 2004

    Héma-Québec continues to test all blood donations for the presence of the West Nile Virus (WNV), using the sample pool screening method that is commonly used in North America. Consequently, Héma-Québec has decided to suspend the additional measure it adopted this past summer, namely the individual testing of all blood samples collected in those regions that, according to regional public health directorates or the prevalence of donors infected with WNV, would be most affected by this virus.

  • Héma-Québec points out the publication of the new blood and blood components standard of the Canadian Standards Association

    Montréal, September 22, 2004

    Héma-Québec, supplier of blood components in Québec, points out the publication of the new standard of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) on blood and blood components (CSA Z902-04).

  • This summer, 70,000 people have carried the torch

    Montréal, September 8, 2004

    This summer, 70,000 individuals accepted Héma-Québec’s invitation, and that of its community partners, to give blood. During the blood supplier’s summer campaign, which took place from June 14 until September 5, 2004, over 400 blood drives have been organized with the help of hundreds of volunteers.

  • Héma-Québec releases its 2003–2004 Annual Report and Five-Year Summary

    Montréal, August 6, 2004

    After its first five years of existence, Héma-Québec is proud to release a summary of its major accomplishments, including its 2003–2004 annual report. The continuous development and rapid growth of the organization have enabled it to become an acknowledged model in the blood product supply system.

  • To date, 35,000 people have carried the torch

    Montréal, Tuesday, July 27, 2004

    During the summer holidays, the public is invited to donate blood generously. Since June 14, when the This summer, carry the torch campaign started, Héma-Québec and its community partners have welcomed 35,000 blood donors at some 200 blood drives organized throughout Québec. Until September 5, several blood drives will be held, particularly at campgrounds and in shopping malls, in order to reach out to vacationers.

  • West Nile Virus: Héma-Québec implements measures to ensure the safety of this summer’s blood supply

    Montréal, June 25, 2004

    Héma-Québec confirms the continuation of the action plan it developed last year to counter the effects of the West Nile Virus on Québec's blood reserve. It should be noted that, last summer, Héma-Québec introduced a test to detect the presence of the virus in all donated blood. Since June 25, 2003, all blood components produced by Héma-Québec are tested for the presence of WNV. No positive cases have been found to date.

  • Héma-Québec announces the official launch of Québec's Public Cord Blood Bank

    Montréal, June 17, 2004

    Following a trial period that ended on April 29, 2004, in partnership with the CHU mère-enfant Sainte-Justine and St Mary's Hospital Centre

  • Héma-Québec, the CHU mère-enfant Sainte-Justine and St. Mary's Hospital Centre successfully complete the trial period for Québec's Public Cord Blood Bank

    Montréal, June 17, 2004

    Héma-Québec, the CHU mère-enfant Sainte-Justine and St. Mary's Hospital Centre hereby announce that the trial period in relation to setting up a Public Cord Blood Bank has been successfully conducted.

  • World Blood Donor Day on June 14, 2004


    Montreal, Monday, June 14, 2004

    Today, June 14, marks the celebration of the first World Blood Donor Day, intended to thank donors throughout the world for their invaluable contribution to their communities and to encourage a new generation of voluntary donors to give blood regularly. In Quebec alone, an average of 300,000 donors annually respond to Héma-Québec's blood drive campaigns. Over the years, some of these donors, such as Mr. Michel Thérien and Captain Raymonde Gaumont, have made a veritable career of giving blood.

  • This summer, some 80,000 blood donors are invited to carry the torch

    Montreal, Monday, June 14, 2004

    Quebeckers are encouraged to give blood generously between June 14 and September 5 of this year. The next 12 weeks in particular will be crucial to maintaining the province's blood reserves at the required levels. Each week, some 7,000 blood donors are expected to give the gift of life during one of Héma-Québec's scheduled blood drives or at one of the permanent blood donor centres.

  • Héma-Québec presents All about blood

    Montréal, April 6, 2004

    Héma-Québec is pleased to present the All About Blood exhibition, which will run from April 7, 2004, to February 20, 2005 at the Musée de la civilisation in Québec City.

  • Héma-Québec’s facilities pass annual inspection

    Montréal, March 9, 2004

    Héma-Québec has passed its annual inspection. Consequently, inspectors of Health Canada maintained Héma-Québec's operating licence following the yearly procedural audits, which took place at the Québec facility between November 24 and 28, 2003 and at the Montréal facility between January 19 and 30, 2004.

  • 34,000 donors welcomed during Héma-Québec’s holiday season campaign

    Montréal, January 13, 2004

    More than 34,000 people responded to the invitation issued by Héma-Québec and its partners in the community throughout Québec to give blood during its holiday season campaign, which ran from December 1, 2003, to January 11, 2004. The campaign was a total success, attaining 97% of its initial objective, namely 35,000 donors.