Oct 8/21 - Today my colleague, Minister Lecce, joined by Minister McKenna and PA Martin, announced that the government has partnered with Shoppers Drug Mart to help end period poverty in Ontario schools. A challenge that affects many young women and girls — notably from low-income families and new Canadians — who lack access to sanitary products and face stigmatization.
Minister Lecce negotiated six million free menstrual products per year from Shoppers Drug Mart, for three years, to all school boards across the province. Schools will be able to distribute the free menstrual products by late fall this year.
Beginning this upcoming school year, free menstrual product distribution to school boards will benefit students who are unable to afford or access these products. As the Ontario Student Trustee Association has made clear, limited access to menstrual products can prevent students from participating in activities within and outside the classroom. This three year agreement will help women and girls by removing barriers and promoting health and safety. This is another critical way that we are supporting the success of every student in Ontario.