Free menstrual products will be available in all Burlington recreation centres

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Published November 7, 2022 at 10:55 am

Free menstrual products in city washrooms will soon become permanent in Burlington.

According to a report that will head to city council for a full vote, a pilot project that was initiated about a year ago has seen overwhelmingly positive response from the public.

The project means Burlington joins a growing list of communities recognizing menstrual hygiene products as a basic human right.

The staff report recommends permanently offering free menstrual hygiene products in baskets in public-facing washrooms at the City’s recreation facilities, including city hall. This will result in 92 washrooms, including mens, womens and universal change rooms and washrooms carrying the products.

The annual cost is expected to be around $10,000 and will be accounted for in the 2023 operating budget. Purchasing, replenishing and tracking of inventory will be monitored and budget numbers will be adjusted according to usage. A permanent budget provision will be included as part of the 2024 budget.

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