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Cells for Life

379 Church Street, Markham, Ontario L6B 0T1, Canada, Markham

Cells for Life is one of the oldest and largest family cord blood banks in Canada, since 1997. Victoria Angel Registry of Hope (VAR) is a public banking program that is operated by Cells for Life under a  charitable foundation since 2005. VAR accepts cord blood donations from 34 hospitals in southern Ontario (as of Oct. 2014).

Canadian Blood Services National Public Cord Blood Bank

1800 Alta Vista Drive . , Ottawa
As part of Canadian Blood Services' OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network, their National Public Cord Blood Bank will collect donated cord blood from volunteering mothers across Canada at designated collection hospitals. Healthy pregnant women who are 18 years of age or older can donate their baby's cord blood with their signed consent. Expectant mothers must have reached 34 weeks or later in their pregnancy before registering and must not be having multiples (i.e., twins, triplets). On the day of delivery, simply arrive at one of the designated collection hospitals with the signed 'Permission to Collect' form and let the nurse know of your intent to donate your baby's cord blood. Find out more and where to donate.


4045 Boulevard de la Cote-Vertu . , Saint-Laurent
Héma-Québec blood service operates a public cord blood bank in the French Canadian province of Quebec.