Could free menstrual products be on the way to city facilities?
Council’s property and development committee has ordered a report to study the idea, which will determine how much it would cost and where the products should be offered. Potential sites could include all "public facing" civic facilities, recreation centres, arenas, pools, libraries and workplaces for city employees.
The motion from Coun. Vivian Santos (Point Douglas) suggests the city could seek partnerships with companies, non-profit groups and/or other levels of government to find a cost-effective option to get the program in place.
The motion argues access to menstrual hygiene products is a "basic human right," the cost of which can create barriers for homeless, low-income and marginalized women.
A report is expected back in about two months.