London, Ontario and British Columbia are joining the menstrual movement by requiring buildings to offer freely accessible menstrual products in washrooms. Aunt Flow® is supporting Canada in ensuring bathrooms are stocked with sustainable products and full-scale solution.
Under a ministerial order that was issued Friday, April 5, 2019, all British Columbia public schools will be required to provide free menstrual products for students in school washrooms by the end of 2019.
The ministerial order – which takes effect immediately – comes with $300,000 in provincial startup funding. Over the coming months, the ministry will continue to work with school districts, community and education partners to look at the needs of each district, identify gaps and ensure they have the funding needed to meet this new requirement.
North Island Students’ Union – Local 15 British Columbia Federation of Students – started stocking their bathrooms with Aunt Flow’s 100% organic cotton menstrual products in 2018. NISU serves post-secondary students, so the school currently falls outside of the ministry directive, which will serve kindergarten to grade 12.
Carissa Wilson lead the initiative at NISU bathrooms stocked with Aunt Flow . Wilson is currently working on a letter asking for a similar mandate from the Ministry of Advanced Education to require post-secondary schools to offer menstrual products.
London, Ontario quickly followed British Columbia’s lead and on April 9, 2019 city council voted unanimously to provide free pads and tampons in all arenas, community centres and pools. Funding has not been allocated, but staff has been designated to understand cost implications and budgetary considerations.
London, Ontario has the third-highest rate of child poverty of cities surveyed during the 2015 census by Statistics Canada. London city council noted that period care products are extremely expensive and providing tampons and pads in washrooms at schools can directly increase school attendance amongst female students.
Aunt Flow offers a free-vend, menstrual product dispenser in addition to a sustainable line of 100% organic cotton tampons and pads.
The certified woman-owned company supports hundreds of businesses and schools by stocking their washrooms with menstrual products.
Just like businesses and schools purchase toilet paper to offer in commercial washrooms, they also purchase tampons and pads from Aunt Flow.