Years later, blood ban persists


Did you know that men who have sex with men are still banned from blood donation in Canada unless they are abstinent from sexual activity for one year?

More than two years after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came into office and promised to scrap the discriminatory blood ban policy, it is still in place.

Canada’s blood donor policy should be based on science, not homophobic and transphobic stereotypes that have been thoroughly disproven.

In 2018, Unifor’s 2SLGBTQIA+ Committee will be renewing the fight to end the ban once and for all. Regional reps are meeting in February to establish a campaign plan, and will need your support and your activism to make a difference.

Progress happens when we organize for change. Visit to stay connected, or contact your local 2SLGBTQIA+ committee.