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Need Help or want to give your feedback?

Whether you’re having trouble with your account, or would like to make a suggestion, Canadian Blood Services offers you quick and convenient options to troubleshoot or get in touch. Contact us via live chat, consult our FAQ, send an email feedback@blood.ca, or give us a call at 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283).

Who Can Register?

Commit to Giving Life Today. Douglas Did.

"The amazing thing about donating stem cells is that you really are the only person who can help. You are unique, you have to help, not the guy next to you. So if you never join OneMatch, you could miss your opportunity to save the life you were meant to save."

Douglas, Stem Cell Donor

 

Register today if you are:

  • Between 17 and 35 years old and in good general health
  • Willing to donate to any patient in need

There is currently a greater need for males and ethnically diverse individuals to register.

The genetic markers used to match donors to patients occur with different frequency in different populations. For this reason, a person's best chance of finding a matching donor is among those with similar ancestry. That’s why we need donors from as many communities as possible: for diverse representation that meets the needs of all Canadian patients.

Am I eligible to donate?
You may not be eligible to join the network to donate stem cells if you have had certain health problems, including:

  • Cancer
  • Blood diseases
  • Insulin-dependent diabetes
  • Infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS or hepatitis B and C
  • Some heart conditions

Certain height and weight restrictions also apply to protect both donors and recipients. People who do not meet the program's height and weight criteria may be at a higher risk when undergoing surgery. See the height/weight chart below.

This chart displays the maximum weight for a person to register.
Height/Weight Chart
Height Maximum Weight at Enrolment
ft/in cm lbs kg
4'10" 148 191 87
4'11" 150 198 90
5" 153 204 93
5'1" 155 211 96
5'2" 158 218 99
5'3" 161 225 103
5'4" 163 233 106
5'5" 166 240 109
5'6" 168 247 113
5'7" 171 255 116
5'8" 173 263 120
5'9" 176 270 123
5'10" 178 278 127
5'11" 181 286 130
6" 183 295 134
6'1" 186 301 137
6'2" 188 310 141
6'3" 191 321 146
6'4" 194 328 149
6'5" 196 339 154
6'6" 199 345 157
6'7" 201 355 162
6'8" 204 363 165
6'9" 206 374 170
6'10" 209 381 173
6'11" 211 392 178
UBMDC0501 Appendix 1: Height/Weight Chart

There are two ways you can register to donate stem cells: online or by calling 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283).
Give someone hope like Douglas did.