This is a great step for our city towards equity — we don’t ask people to pay for toilet paper or soap in our restrooms. I want to thank Olivia Netto and Iman Nemar of The Pink Project who delegated to us at the City back during our 2022 budget deliberations advocating for this program at our City facilities and noting that 66% of women struggle to afford feminine products. Making this a permanent offering at the City of Burlington helps eliminate that barrier.
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At our Nov. 8 Burlington City Council meeting, we unanimously approved the staff recommendation to make permanent the pilot program we approved in March 2022 to offer free menstrual products at all City facilities.
Here is the full motion:
Direct the Director of Recreation, Community and Culture to implement option 1 for the
permanent provision of free menstrual hygiene products in city facilities as outlined in
Option 1: This option includes permanently offering free menstrual hygiene products in baskets in
public facing washrooms at the City’s recreation facilities, including City Hall. This
results in 92 washrooms across 20 facilities. An ongoing annual cost of up to $10,000
for supplies. This includes Men’s, Women’s and Universal change rooms and
Click here for the staff report for more details: RCC-14-22 Provision of Free Menstrual Hygiene Products in City Facilities.
You can also view the related news release from the City of Burlington here: City Council approves permanent program to provide free menstrual products in Burlington’s public washrooms.
- Burlington to Provide Free Menstrual Products in all City Facilities with Pilot Program
- City of Burlington News Release (March 30, 2022): Free menstrual product pilot project in Burlington’s public washrooms