Free menstrual products are now available in City of Mississauga operated facilities in at least one universal and/or female washroom.
“I’m so proud that Mississauga is offering free menstrual products at our City facilities,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “No one should experience period poverty, regardless of their age or income. We are committed to removing these barriers, and providing free and easy access to those who need these supplies is the first step. I want to thank our community partners who have been crucial in making this happen.”
In April, Council approved a motion to provide free menstrual products in public washrooms at City of Mississauga-operated facilities. Facilities in the initial approach include:
- Recreation facilities, including community centres, golf courses and arenas
- Park washrooms in select locations
- Culture facilities, including Meadowvale Theatre, Small Arms Inspection Building, Bradley Museum, Benares Historic House, Living Arts Centre and Mississauga Celebration Square
- Paramount Fine Foods Centre
- Mississauga Civic Centre (City Hall)
- City Centre Transit Terminal (CCTT)
- Ontario Court of Justice
“As a City, we’re here for you. We’re focused on establishing facilities that remain accessible for everyone. Offering basic essential items, like period products, are just as important as toilet paper and paper towels,” said Jodi Robillos, Commissioner, Community Services. “Dispensers have been installed in identified City facilities where these products can be most effective to serve the community, such as community centres, libraries, transit terminals and park washrooms.”
All dispensers will be installed by the end of October and maintained as part of regular cleaning schedules. The City will be reviewing any future locations and will install dispensers accordingly based on demand and operating costs. Learn more about this program.
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