Canadian Blood Services

1800 Alta Vista Drive
Ottawa, ON K1G 4J5
CEO: Dr. Graham D. Sher
Board Chair: Mel Cappe

Charitable Reg. #:87015 7641 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 4/4]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 89 cents are available for programs.

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About Canadian Blood Services:

Canadian Blood Services is a national charity that manages the blood supply of all of Canada’s provinces and territories, excluding Quebec. It was founded in 1998, succeeding the Red Cross blood program on the recommendation of the Krever Commission. Canadian Blood Services also manages the national stem cell registry, manages patient registries and practices for organ and tissue donation and transplantation, and conducts leading-edge research in transfusion and transplantation medicine. 

Canadian Blood Services' blood program collects blood from Canadians and distributes it to the provincial health agencies from every province. Blood donations are used in many medical procedures such as treating cancer patients and helping trauma victims. In F2018, Canadian Blood Services received blood from 410,000 Canadians, 101,000 of whom were new donors. It reports that every year, it needs approximately 100,000 new donors to maintain their blood supply. 

Canadian Blood Services has a strong focus on stem cells, which are offered as both a biologics product line and the focus of the national donor registry. Stem cell transplants are used to treat more than 80 blood-related diseases and disorders, such as congenital heart disease or Type 1 diabetes. In F2018, Canadian Blood Services had 427,701 adult donors on its national stem cell registry, up 5% from F2017. It reports that there are currently 600 Canadian patients in search of stem cell matches. In 2015, Canadian Blood Services established a public cord blood bank, which supports the stem cell bank by collecting and storing donations of umbilical cord blood and manufacturing stem cells. At the end of F2018, the bank had listed 2,865 cord blood units.  

Canadian Blood Services' plasma supply is an issue that the charity plans to strategically address in the coming years with the growing demand for plasma protein products. In F2016, roughly 83% of plasma distributed for use in Canada was obtained from American paid donors. Canadian Blood Services seeks to reduce reliance on external sources and aims to triple the amount of plasma it collects by establishing plasma collection sites across the country. In F2018, it shipped 30,374 litres of plasma for transfusion to hospitals, and 171,564 litres of plasma for fractionation into plasma protein products like immune globulin, which is used to treat immunodeficiency and autoimmune disorders 

RecentlyCanadian Blood Services has focused on two communities in which concerns about blood donation eligibility have arose: men who have sex with men (MSM) and people who identify as trans or gender non-binary. The charity approved 11 research projects to investigate donor eligibility criteria. In May 2019, Health Canada approved the reduction of the waiting period for MSM from one year to three months.  

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Results and Impact

In F2018, Canadian Blood Services shipped 730,841 red blood cell units to hospitals, which translates to a customer order fill rate of over 99 per cent, meeting customer needs without compromising patient care. In addition, Canadian Blood Services supported 451 stem cell transplants for Canadian patients and 76 stem cell transplants for international patients in F2018, 36 per cent higher than in F2017. 

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Canadian Blood Services is a major 100 charity, receiving monetary donations of $49.5m in F2018. The charity also received $1.2b in government funding, representing 93% of total revenues. The charity reports administrative and fundraising costs together, making up 11% of revenues, excluding the value of blood donations. For every dollar donated, 89 cents go towards the charity’s programs, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Canadian Blood Services has funding reserves of $206m which can cover programs for just over two months. 

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Canadian Blood Services for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming. 

Updated on August 8, 2019 by Caroline McKenna. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Fundraising & admin costs as % of revenues 11.0%10.9%12.1%
Total overhead spending 11.0%10.9%12.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 18.8%11.8%10.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 49,50021,6729,535
Government funding 1,156,8671,161,1171,078,014
Fees for service 15,38712,61413,698
Investment income 15,09712,76015,104
Other income 1,8881,6712,099
Total revenues 1,238,7391,209,8341,118,450
Program costs 1,097,3331,064,8311,004,846
Fundraising & administrative costs 134,552130,135133,781
Other costs 6,14620,529(11,643)
Total spending 1,238,0311,215,4951,126,984
Cash flow from operations 708(5,661)(8,534)
Capital spending 27,34832,25318,459
Funding reserves 205,856125,781104,861

Note: Ci excluded deferred government contributions, decreasing revenues by $75.9m in F2018, $46.6m in F2017, and $36.4m in F2016. Ci excluded amortization of deferred contributions reducing revenues by $30.7m in F2018, $35.2m in F2017, and $32.0m in F2016. Ci determined government funding of $1.2b in F2018, $1.2b in F2017, and $1.1b in F2016 using the charity’s T3010 filing with the CRA.  

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 2,467

Avg. Compensation: $85,984

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2018

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