IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE:
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. For example, for countries other than the continental US and Europe, there is a 21-day deferral after returning from travel was put in place for Zika virus. For malaria-risk areas, a 12-month deferral is in place. If you are unsure, please call 1 888 2 DONATE.
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.