Operation Protect

Operation Protect Logo (outlines)

What is Operation Protect?

We’re asking individuals and organizations to donate any spare personal protective equipment (PPE).

SafeCare BC is working with the Ministry of Health to collect these supplies. It will be added the the provincial supply, then distributed to the following organizations:

  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care
  • Home care
  • Community health support
  • Assisted living

Why are supplies needed?

COVID-19 has led to a severe shortage of protective equipment for health care workers. They need this equipment to protect themselves and provide safe, quality care. Without it, they’re at higher risk of injury or illness. These workers are on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic, and they need our support.

What supplies are needed?

  • Surgical masks (approved by the FDA)
  • Exam gloves
  • Hand sanitizer (60% alcohol or higher)
  • Medical-grade disinfection wipes
  • Protective gowns
  • Eye protection (glasses, goggles, face shields)
  • N-series masks (approved by the FDA, NIOSH, CSA)
  • R-series masks (approved by the FDA, NIOSH, CSA)
  • P-series masks (approved by the FDA, NIOSH, CSA)
  • Elastomeric half- or full-face piece respirators
  • Powered air-purifying respirator

We can only accept unopened and unused equipment.

Not sure what the supplies look like or what’s accepted? Click here for pictures and more info.

Monetary Donations

SafeCare BC has teamed up with Thank You Frontline YVR to sell lawn signs in the Vancouver region and accept monetary donations.

Find out how you can support frontline workers.


Our partners

Operation Protect is a group effort. Thank you to our partners who help make Operation Protect possible.

Frequently asked questions

Will you accept supplies that aren't listed?


Right now, we’re looking only for the supplies we’ve listed on this website.

I have open but unused supplies. Will you accept them?


All supplies must be unopened and unused. This is the best way we can ensure the health and safety of those using the equipment.

Can I donate by phone?


All donations must come through the online form.

Will you accept expired equipment?


The Government of Canada recently announced that, in this time of need, expired equipment can be used. However, they must be unused and unopened.

Click here to learn more about donating expired masks.

What if we produce our own hand sanitizer?


To be accepted, recipes must adhere to the World Health Organization’s formula. Bottles must be properly labelled.

Note: this formula requires a higher alcohol content (75%) than approved commercial hand sanitizer (60%).

Click here for the WHO’s formula and for more information.

We make equipment using a 3D printer. Will you accept that?


But they must meet the standards set by the Government of Canada. Click here to learn more.