In the wake of the U.S. easing a ban on gay men donating blood, Canadian Blood Services stated that they will watch the U.S. developments before changing their policy.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on December 23 that it would remove a lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood, which was implemented in 1983 during the onset of the AIDS epidemic (which was closely associated with gay and bisexual male communities). However, it is maintaining a restriction on men who have had sex with men within the past 12 months.
Canadian Blood Services lifted their lifetime ban on gay men in July 2013. They reduced restrictions to men whose last sexual contact with other men was over five years ago.
CBS issued a statement to explain that they have been following the U.S. policy change and will collect data and hold consultations before making any further changes to the Canadian policy.