The Government of Saskatchewan and Shoppers Drug Mart have partnered to provide 12 million period products over the next three years.
The Shoppers Foundation for Women’s Health, with support from Procter & Gamble, makers of Always, will donate the products.
Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Laura Ross said the Government of Saskatchewan distributes them to the most needed locations.
“This partnership will help us provide free menstrual products to those who need them in a sensitive and dignified way, and that will make a big difference in the lives of women and girls in Saskatchewan.”
A survey by Plan International Canada indicates that nationally, 1 in 5 people who menstruate struggle to afford menstrual products for themselves or a dependent.
“Menstrual products aren’t a luxury item, and no one should be disadvantaged in any way because they get their period,” Shoppers Drug Mart Inc. President Jeff Leger said. “Our hope is that this donation will help unlock the potential of so many women and girls in Saskatchewan by removing a significant barrier preventing them from pursuing their goals.
The Government of Saskatchewan said it would finalize an implementation plan to distribute products into communities this fall.