The City of Burnaby has partnered with the United Way’s Period Promise campaign to tackle period poverty by providing free tampons and sanitary pads to those in need.
Between January-July 2022, anyone can access free menstrual products through dispensers installed in public washrooms at the following 6 public facilities in Burnaby:
- Cameron Recreation Complex
- Edmonds Community Centre
- Eileen Dailly Leisure Pool & Fitness Centre
- Shadbolt Centre for the Arts
- Tommy Douglas Library
- McGill Library
The 6-month pilot program aims to help low-income residents, including girls, women and transgender individuals who struggle to afford menstrual products they need. Often they are forced to choose between buying sanitary products or food for their families and also miss out on school, work, and other ways to participate in society.
The Period Promise campaign builds on the City’s ongoing effort to expand community access to menstrual products.
The City encourages citizens to support the campaign by donating to United Way and helping improve the health and well-being of people in our community.
So far, the United Way has distributed more than 1.2 million menstrual products to community organizations in the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and Sea to Sky Corridor.