NBS tests newborns for serious, often life-threatening disorders that are not always apparent at birth. To screen newborns, a small blood sample is taken by pricking the heel.
Although NBS is conducted throughout Canada, the conditions screened vary from province to province. Currently, Alberta, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and British Columbia screen newborns for cystic fibrosis. Learn more about our newborn screening advocacy efforts in Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces.
We work with CF clinics and volunteers to encourage provinces to add cystic fibrosis to their provincial NBS programs.