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About the Program

What is "What's Your Type?"
What's Your Type is a community-based blood typing program. Blood typing events take place at different venues across the country (in every province except Quebec).

Why is the program offered?
People across Canada need blood every day because of accidents, cancer treatment, surgeries and many other reasons. We're trying to recruit more blood donors to help fill this need and ensure that there is enough blood on the shelves for the patients that need it.

How is my blood type determined?
We start by picking your finger and taking a few drops of blood , which are then mixed with antisera to determine your blood type. Your blood group (A,B, O, AB) and your Rh factor ("positive" or "negative") are determined. Your blood type is confirmed upon first blood donation.

How much does it cost and how long does it take?
It's free! Blood typing takes about two minutes.

How old do you have to be?
Participants have to be at least 14 years of age; those aged 14 - 16 must have written parental / guardian permission to have their blood typed.

Is "What's Your Type?" available in schools? We do offer a "What's Your Type?" classroom session, consisting of a curriculum-based lesson, followed by blood typing (suitable for Grade 11 biology classes; contact us at for details).

How can I schedule a WYT event?
Please contact us at and we'll have someone in your area contact you with details.

How do a find a "What's Your Type?" event near me?
Click here to look for an event near you!

How can I get more information?
Please drop us a line at

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