Answer a few questions to see if you’re eligible.
Your registration steps
If you’re a match for a patient
Donors in this age group give patients the best chance of long-term survival after transplant.
Some existing health conditions may risk your health and the health of the patient.
If you have any questions, please contact Canadian Blood Services at 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283).
Check your eligibility
Answer some questions to help us determine if you can join the stem cell registry.
Create your Canadian Blood Services account
Create your account to save your contact information and keep it updated so we know how to reach you should you be identified as a match. If you already have an account, log in.
Confirm your email address
Look for a verification email in your inbox to finish creating your account.
Log in to your account
Enter your new username and password.
Complete your stem cell registry profile
Fill in your contact information and other required fields.
Read and sign our consent form to complete your registration.
Receive your swab kit
Within 1 to 3 weeks, you’ll receive your buccal (cheek) swab kit in the mail. Please complete and return it promptly using the prepaid postage provided. We’ll process your kit and notify you once you become officially searchable on the registry for patients in need.
Confirm your health
Months or years may pass after you register to become a stem cell donor – we know health can change over time. Our comprehensive health screening will confirm you’re still eligible to donate stem cells if you’re selected as a match for a patient in need.
Learn donation details at your information session
A registered nurse will get in touch via your provided contact information and schedule a time for your information session, which will take place over the phone.
The information session will cover your donation method (PBSC or bone marrow), date, location, upcoming appointments, and other details leading up to and after your donation.
Learn more about the information session
Take a blood test
Our team will arrange a visit for you to a nearby Canadian Blood Services clinic where we’ll collect your blood samples to test for infectious diseases.
Receive a physical examination
Your physical examination will be performed by a physician at the hospital where your donation will take place. The exam will cover routine medical tests to confirm your state of health. This ensures your donation will not be a risk to you or the patient.
Confirm your participation
Once you’ve been medically cleared, you’ll be asked to sign a participation consent form before we notify the transplant centre. The patient will then begin their pre-transplant treatments (e.g. chemotherapy and/or radiation).
Donate to the patient
After your stem cells have been collected, they’ll be transported to the transplant centre and infused into the patient.