Thursday, Feb. 28
Ottawa Christian School
255 Tartan Drive
4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Major weather events across Canada have resulted in lower collections of blood, plasma and platelet donations in the past weeks. Help us restore our national inventory by booking your next blood donation now. New and returning donors may book their life-saving appointment by calling 1-888-2DONATE, visiting blood.ca, or downloading the GiveBlood App.
Interested in bringing your team, group, or office to the Barrhaven donor centre to give blood together? Call us at 1-888-2DONATE to book your group donation.
About an hour of your time
could change someone’s life.
Blood and blood products are a critical part of everyday medical care including major surgeries, medical procedures, cancer treatments, and managing diseases and disorders. As a blood donor, you form a vital link in Canada’s lifeline, helping many Canadians wake up healthy each day.
ABCs of eligibility
You may not be eligible to donate if your health and/or the safety of Canada’s blood supply are at risk. Follow this link to find common reasons why we defer some donors. If you have questions or are unsure about your eligibility, please call to speak with one of our trained health professionals at 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283).
Blood donation process
When donating blood, the standard donation is approximately 450 mL, slightly less than half a litre or two cups. This represents a small portion of the blood in a person’s body, as the average adult has about 5 litres. The entire process takes just over an hour.
We are constantly making efforts to improve our donor experience. Keep visiting our website for the most the up-to-date information. For a quick overview of our donation process, watch our video:
Before you donate
Looking after your health is important. On the day of your donation, there are a few extra things to do:
Make sure you drink lots of water; eat a healthy meal and get a good night’s sleep.
Having a salty snack and 500 mL of water before you donate is a good idea.
Make sure to bring valid ID
Donated before? Please bring your blood donor card (it has a full name and signature).
First-time donating or can’t find your card? Bring ID with full name and signature or full name and photograph. We’ll then order you a blood donor card for next time.
And you might want to do a quick eligibility check before coming in. Take our quiz!
Our GiveBlood App makes managing your profile easy while you are on the go:
Search for donation donor centres near you.
Use your current location to map local donor centres, and view their services and amenities.
Bookmark your favourite locations.
View available time slots.
Book, view or cancel a donation appointment.
Add appointments and reminders to your calendar.
Easily sign-up or sign-in to access your account information.
View and modify your personal details.
View your donation history.
Not eligible to donate blood, but you are still interested in supporting Canada’s Lifeline? Become a volunteer!
When you volunteer with us, you are also joining Canada’s lifeline. Together, we are all part of Canada’s lifeline. Check out our volunteer roles:
Donor centre volunteers
Greet donors with a smile, make conversation and accompany them throughout their donation process. Help them feel welcome and comfortable. The care and attention you give is very often a key reason why donors return. As one of the last faces donors see on their way out, you play a critical role in the success of future blood donor clinics.
Help host, coordinate and promote blood donation events in local communities and workplaces or be a team leader in our donor centres. As a volunteer leader, you will also work closely with our employees and learn how to recruit, train and schedule volunteers.
In-community volunteers & public awareness
Our in-community volunteers play an integral part in spreading awareness for blood donation. They promote donation events and recruit new donors in their local communities. Opportunities are also available for volunteers to join our Speaker’s Bureau to help promote our work and the ongoing need for donors.
We provide the training and tools to help you succeed and we are committed to ensuring you are fully prepared for your new assignment.
Giving you a meaningful and rewarding role that suits your skills and abilities
Providing you with training specific to your role
Giving you the support and tools you need to perform your tasks
Providing a corporate insurance policy to protect you while you’re volunteering on our behalf
Giving you opportunities to provide input into new program development
Thank you for your interest in being part of a powerful story. A story of connections between donors and recipients and all the people that bring them together, we can all be the reason – the connection – that keeps Canadians living.