Ontario student, youth groups call for free menstrual products on post-secondary campuses


Published March 8, 2022 at 7:16 am

The Canadian Press

Student unions and youth advocacy groups across Ontario are calling on the provincial government to ensure free menstrual products are made available on all post-secondary campuses.

The initiative aims to tackle menstrual inequity and period poverty.

In a letter being sent to the government on Tuesday (March 8), the Toronto Youth Cabinet, which advocates on behalf of city youth, and numerous student unions are calling for the government to require that universities and colleges provide free menstrual products by the end of the year.

The group says it wants the province to build on the progress it made last October, when it announced a plan to have free menstrual products in schools across the province.

The letter says period poverty in post-secondary institutions is just as serious and without access to resources to manage periods, students are at risk of missing school or work.

The group says no young person should have to miss out on their education because of barriers to affordable and accessible menstrual products.


This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, which is funding a project by Carleton University’s School of Journalism and The Canadian Press.

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