03/14/2014 09:42 EDT | Updated 05/14/2014 05:59 EDT

Blood donor payments to be outlawed in Ontario

The Ontario government says it will introduce legislation that prohibits payments for blood or plasma donations in the province.

The issue of paying donors has been contentious ever since clinics began popping up last year — two in Toronto and one in Hamilton.

The federal government has said it will respect any provincial and territorial decisions related to compensation.

So now Ontario will follow Quebec’s lead in passing legislation that forbids the sale of blood or plasma.

The Ontario Ministry of health made its concerns known one year ago in an email to the federal government, saying the "shift toward a paid donor system needs to be carefully evaluated" and that there’s a need for public consultation.

The new legislation would prohibit payments to individuals for their blood and plasma, including reimbursement of expenses or other forms of compensation.