Press Releases

  • Héma-Québec’s holiday campaign makes good headway

    Montréal, December 29, 2003

    Héma-Québec invites the population to donate blood during the holiday season. To date, more than 23,000 people have given blood at one of the 150 blood clinics held throughout Québec.

  • 35,000 blood donors expected during Héma-Québec’s holiday campaign

    Montréal, December 1, 2003

    Under this year's theme of From Me to You, Héma-Québec's holiday season campaign will take place from December 1, 2003 to January 11, 2004. During this time, Héma-Québec hopes to welcome 35,000 donors at the some 200 blood drives that will be organized with community partners throughout Québec.

  • “It’s in your blood”, a new Globule in Quebec City

    Quebec City, November 12, 2003

    The first Globule Blood Donor Centre in Quebec City has recently opened in the heart of the Place Laurier shopping centre. With the theme “It’s in your blood”, Héma-Québec permanently welcomes donors from the Quebec City area in a pleasant, warm and friendly atmosphere.

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

    Montreal, November 3, 2003

    Héma-Québec is joining the Canadian Armed Forces in a blood donation campaign across the country from November 11, 2003 to January 12, 2004. This campaign is being held for the second year and is organized in collaboration with the Canadian Blood Services and the Canadian Armed Forces.

  • Héma-Québec celebrates its fifth anniversary

    Montréal, September 29, 2003

    Héma-Québec, supplier of blood components and substitutes and human tissues, is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its founding. On September 28, 1998, Héma-Québec started its activities, in keeping with a mandate from the Québec Minister of Health and Social Services.

  • The Héma-Québec team will participate in Festival de la santé sporting activities

    Montréal, September 12, 2003

    Héma-Québec employees and volunteers as well as blood donors and transfusion recipients will participate in the various sporting activities being organized as part of the Festival de la Santé Oasis and the Montreal International Marathon. Héma-Québec is a partner in the 2003 edition of the Festival that will be held this Sunday, September 14.

  • This summer, some 83,000 individuals made a gift of life

    Montréal, Monday, September 8, 2003

    Some 83,000 individuals accepted Héma-Québec's invitation, and that of its community partners, to give blood. During this summer campaign, which took place from June 2 until September 7, 2003, Héma-Québec was on the way and met vacationers at 500 blood drives organized with the help of hundreds of volunteers.

  • This summer, 42,000 people have made a gift of life

    Montréal, Tuesday, July 22, 2003

    Quebeckers are invited to donate blood as generously as possible during the summer vacation period. Since the beginning of the This summer, we're on the way campaign on June 2, Héma-Québec - with the help of its community partners - has welcomed nearly 42,000 blood donors at blood clinics that have been held throughout Québec. More than 7,000 individuals are expected to give blood each week from now until September 7.

  • West Nile Virus : Héma-Québec confirms implementation of commercial test

    Montréal, Wednesday, June 25, 2003

    Héma-Québec confirmed it has implemented the commercial test used to detect the presence of the West Nile Virus (WNV) in donated blood. All donated blood taken today will be analysed with this test, which was developed by Roche Diagnostics and which will replace the in-house test developed by Héma-Québec's R&D division. Since June 18, all blood components produced by Héma-Québec have been tested for the presence of the WNV using this in-house test.

  • This summer, more than 7,000 donors are hoped for each week

    Montréal, Friday, June 20, 2003

    In anticipation of the coming two long weekends, Quebeckers are invited to give blood generously. Since the June2 start of the This summer, we're on the way campaign, Héma-Québec has welcomed some 17,000 blood donors on their chaise lounges at mobile blood drives that have been organized with the help of community partners.

  • West Nile Virus Héma-Québec confirms implementing a WNV test

    Montréal, Tuesday, June 17, 2003

    It is confirmed. As announced in the press release dated June 9, Héma-Québec has developed an in-house test to detect the presence of the West Nile Virus (WNV) in donated blood. As of yesterday, June 16, a test developed by Héma-Québec's Research and Development division is being used on all blood donated in the Québec City area and in Eastern Québec. The test will be put into use starting tomorrow, June 18, in the Montréal area and in Western Québec. In other words, all blood components produced by Héma-Québec will be tested for the presence of the WNV beginning June 18. Moreover, it should also be noted that the implementation of a commercial test developed by Roche Diagnostics is still slated for July 1, 2003, or earlier.

  • Héma-Québec launches 1 877 VNO-HÉMA

    Montréal, Monday, June 9, 2003

    As part of its action plan to counter the effects of the West Nile Virus (WNV) on Québec's blood reserve, Héma-Québec has set up a special telephone line for people with questions about the effects of WNV on blood. Those interested can dial 1 877 VNO-HÉMA (1 877 866-4362) from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Strike avoided at Héma-Québec

    Montréal, June 5, 2003

     n the course of the past few hours, Héma-Québec and the Syndicat des travailleuses et travailleurs de Héma-Québec - Montréal (CSN) have reached an agreement in principle, following negotiations led by the conciliator appointed by the Ministre du Travail. This agreement must be approved during the next general assembly of union members.

  • Héma-Québec at Université Laval

    Québec City, June 4, 2003

    The rector of Université Laval, Michel Pigeon, and the chairman of Héma-Québec’s Board of Directors, Claude Pichette, today unveiled a model of the new centre that will house Héma-Québec on the University’s campus. The $13,935,000 building, to be built by the Merlin-Pomerleau consortium, will bring together all of the organization’s activities in the Québec City region under one roof. Under the terms of a 30-year emphyteutic lease, Université Laval has turned over a 7,300-square-metre area located southwest of the Ferdinand-Vandry pavilion to the project.

  • This summer, Héma-Québec invites 91,000 donors to take a moment to give the gift of life

    Montréal, Monday June 2, 2003

    Everyone is invited to generously donate blood from June 2 to September 7. To meet the blood component needs of patients in Québec hospitals during the summer season, Héma-Québec hopes to welcome some 91,000 blood donors. This year, clinics will be held under the theme This summer, we're on the way. Héma-Québec's team will be meeting vacationers at one of the 500 mobile clinics organized in partnership with communities throughout the province.

  • Héma-Québec invites the population to donate blood

    Montréal, Monday, May 26, 2003

    Héma-Québec invites the population to donate blood on Monday, May 26. It is important to note that the 24-hour strike scheduled for Monday, May 26 does not affect all of Héma-Québec's employees. Affected employees include Montréal's blood drive assistants and drivers, who account for 210 of Héma-Québec's 1280 employees. Furthermore, since Héma-Québec is subject to the Act respecting essential services, 80% of all blood drive assistants and drivers will be on the job on Monday, May 26. The remaining blood drive employees are not affiliated with the same union and will consequently not be on strike. Thus, all of our nurses will be available to welcome blood donors.

  • Héma-Québec celebrates World Blood Donation Day on May 23, 2003

    Montréal, May 23, 2003

    Today, Héma-Québec-Québec's blood supplier-is celebrating World Blood Donation Day. This day has been set aside to emphasize the importance of donating blood, a precious and unique liquid.

  • West Nile Virus: Héma-Québec announces the measures to ensure the safety of the blood reserve for Quebec patients

    Montreal, Tuesday, May 20, 2003

    Héma-Québec has developed a test to detect the West Nile Virus (WNV) directly in the blood of all donors. As of June 9, a PCR test developed by Héma-Québec's Research and Development group will be used until the Roche Diagnostics test is implemented on July 1. The two tests are part of an action plan developed by Héma-Québec to counter the effects of the West Nile Virus on the Quebec blood reserve.

  • HÉMA-QUÉBEC gives notice to the CSN

    Montréal, May 13, 2003

    Héma-Québec has just issued two formal notices: one to Mr. Arthur Sandborn, President of the Conseil central du Montréal métropolitain (CCMM-CSN), and the second to Ms. Lise Pariseau, President of the Syndicat des travailleurs et travailleuses d'Héma-Québec.

  • HÉMA-QUÉBEC's Montréal facility passes annual inspection

    Montréal, April 7, 2003

    Héma-Québec has once again passed its annual inspection. Consequently, inspectors from the Blood Establishment Regulation Division (BERD) - a branch of Health Canada - maintained Héma-Québec's operating licence following the yearly procedural audit, which took place at the Montréal facility between March 10 and 14, 2003.

  • HÉMA-QUÉBEC and Sainte-Justine join forces to launch a public umbilical cord blood bank program in Québec

    Montréal, January 29, 2003

    Héma-Québec and the Centre hospitalier universitaire mère-enfant Sainte-Justine today announced preparations for a public umbilical cord blood bank program in Québec. Umbilical cord blood can be used in place of conventional bone marrow transplants in patients with fatal illnesses. The goal of the program is to provide Québec children, including those from various ethnic populations, awaiting bone marrow transplants with increased accessibility to cord blood. This will be the first and only public umbilical cord blood bank in Québec.

  • HÉMA-QUÉBEC update

    Montréal, January 28, 2003

    As part of the process of renewing the collective agreements with its eight different employee unions, Héma-Québec and union representatives began interest-based bargaining in the spring of 2000.

  • HÉMA-QUÉBEC's holiday campaign : a tremendous success

    Montréal, January 6, 2003

    Some 28,000 donors accepted Héma-Québec's invitation to give blood during its holiday campaign, held between December 2, 2002 and January 5, 2003. This campaign was certainly a tremendous success, as the turnout was close to 98% of the original target of 28,600 donors.