Great question! Take our two-minuteeligibility quizto find out if you can donate blood. If you are determined to be eligible online, you will be able to book your first appointment. Final eligibility will be determined by our staff at our donation centres. Visit our donating blood page to learn more about how blood donation works.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is important for all travellers to self-isolate, and refrain from blood donation, for 14 days after any travel outside of Canada as stated by public health authorities. For some travel, a longer deferral is already in place. See the Q & A section of our COVID-19 page for more information about COVID-19 and donor eligibility. If you are unsure of your own eligibility, please call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283).
To ensure the safety of both patients and donors, we have certain requirements donors must meet to be eligible to donate blood based on their donation type such as whole blood or platelets. Each type of donation is used for different medical treatments, and your blood type determines the best possible donation you can make.
Remember: if you do not meet the requirements today, there are many other ways to donate and get involved with Canadian Blood Services. Plus, you can always check in with us again to see if your eligibility has changed.
New to donating blood?
If you are considering donating blood for the first time you must be:
On the day of your donation, it is important that you are hydrated, have eaten, had adequate sleep and in good general health.
If you are a frequent donor, remember that the number of donation appointments you can make depends on the type of donation you are making. You can donate:
Whole blood every 56 days for males, every 84 days for females.
Plasma every seven days.
Platelets every 14 days.
Changes to our donation criteria
We have recently updated our eligibility criteria for blood donation. Visit our Recent Changes for Donors page for a summary of our changes. If you did not meet our eligibility criteria in the past, you might now be eligible to donate!
Keep checking our website for up-to-date information on donor eligibility.
Donor centre locations and hours
We recruit and collect blood, plasma and platelet donations at over 13,000 donation events every year. We have 35 permanent donor centres and over 4000 mobile donor centres across Canada.
Can I donate to Canadian Blood Services if I’m from Quebec?
Residents of Quebec can donate at any Canadian Blood Services donor centre in Canada, though we do not operate centres within the province of Quebec. If you make a blood donation at a Héma-Québec donor centre, your donation will be acknowledged as part of your Canadian Blood Services donation count.
It only takes about an hour of your time to change someone’s life. If you are in good health and meet our eligibility criteria, you can donate blood as frequently as every 56 days for males and every 84 days for females.
If you are in good health and meet out eligibility criteria, you can donate plasma as frequently as every seven days. To become a plasma donor, having a history of making regular blood donations helps, but is not always necessary.
When a blood vessel is damaged, platelets cluster together and stick to the opening of the broken vessel to plug the hole. If you are in good health and meet our eligibility criteria, you can donate platelets as frequently as every 14 days.