Kitchener has started a pilot project to provide free menstrual products in city-operated facilities.
The city says washrooms in The Aud, Chandler-Mowat Community Centre, Victoria Hills Community Centre, Breithaupt Centre, Lyle Hallman Pool, Activa Sportsplex, and Kitchener City Hall will be equipped with menstrual products that visitors can use free of charge.
"Access to free hygienic products is an issue of menstrual equity," Ward 10 Councillor Sarah Marsh said in a release. "Ensuring that our facilities and programming are accessible means working to overcome all potential barriers facing people who wish to engage with the City’s services and programs."
The pilot, which is expected to cost less than $5,000, will run for six months.
The city will then assess the extent to which free products are used, what the service costs and the logistics involved.
"I'm proud to support this pilot project. It will make sure all women can access the products they need," said Ward 2 Councillor Dave Schnider. "While the City tests the best way to supply hygiene products in our facilities, I encourage visiting the theperiodpurse.com to learn why so many organizations are starting to provide free access to menstrual products."
The city will supply both tampons and pads.
The Kitchener Public Library also recently started offering free menstrual products at its central branch on Queen Street.