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Free menstrual products now available in city facilities

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:25 PDT, Thu October 14, 2021

The city has installed dispensers with free menstrual products in women’s and universal washrooms in many of its facilities to promote gender equity and reduce barriers to recreation and social activities. 

City council approved this year-long pilot project as part of the United Way’s Period Promise initiative to make menstrual products available free of charge in community facilities across Richmond.

“Having access to menstrual products is essential for the health, well-being and full participation of all individuals,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Ensuring these products are available to all who need them, regardless of income, helps support full inclusion in recreational and professional activities, reduces stigma and promotes gender equity.”

Dispensers have been installed at 18 city-owned locations:

• Community centres: City Centre, Cambie, Hamilton, South Arm, Steveston, Thompson, West Richmond

• Other community facilities: Minoru Centre for Active Living, Richmond Cultural Centre, Steveston Museum

• Aquatics: Watermania, South Arm Outdoor Pool, Steveston Outdoor Pool

• Arenas: Richmond Ice Centre, Minoru Arenas

• Libraries: Brighouse, Ironwood, Cambie

The initiative is intended to further address barriers to access while reducing the stigma around periods and menstrual products. Additional locations may be added based on the success of the pilot project.

For more information on United Way’s Period Promise Campaign, visit www.periodpromise.ca.

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