TDSB to Provide Free Menstrual Products to Students

Canada's largest school board is considering a drastic change to its practice of steering high schoolers toward either "academic" or "applied" courses, with a proposal to have nearly all students in Grades 9 and 10 learn at the same level. A Toronto District School Board sign is shown in front of a high school in Toronto on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

The Toronto District School Board will soon be providing
menstrual products free of charge at all its schools.
Trustees voted this week to have the TDSB secure access to
menstrual products and educational materials at no cost to the
Lack of access due to economic factors can be especially
damaging during puberty, when school interactions are crucial to a
girl’s development.
Free menstrual products will be provided in all elementary and
secondary schools for the 2019-2020 school year with the rollout
beginning this fall. Products will first be provided to students in
Grades 7 through 12, followed by other grades.
Quick Facts
 Nearly one in seven Canadian girls have either left school
early or missed school entirely because they did not have
access to the feminine care products they needed to manage
their periods.