Government of B.C. funds Period Promise research

Thanks to an innovative pilot project from the Government of B.C. and United Way of the Lower Mainland, deliveries of free pads and tampons will soon be arriving for Greater Victoria residents in need.

The United Way Period Promise Research Project is tackling period poverty in B.C., by piloting community-based solutions.

This will be the first research project of its kind in Canada. It is backed by a $95,000 grant from the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. The project was announced April 2019, when the Ministry of Education also shared its ministerial order that all schools in B.C. provide menstrual products free-of-charge to students.

Here in Victoria, by the end of the summer, community organizations like Victoria Youth Empowerment Society and Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be provided with menstrual products for clients in need, thanks to the local expertise and support of United Way Greater Victoria.

Community organizations receiving and distributing donations will also capture information about how period poverty is affecting local residents. They will hear how improved access to menstrual products is impacting their lives. This data will be shared with the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, so we can build solutions that make vulnerable people’s lives better.

This pilot project is proudly supported by Pacific Blue Cross, Vancity, Always and Tampax. Thank you to each of these Supporting Sponsors for their leadership and commitment to ensuring the successful roll out and promotion of this project.

“Period poverty renders people vulnerable and isolated in our communities, but now we can be part of the solution. Local donations have made a difference. Organizational policies to provide free menstrual products have made a difference. Now, this innovative pilot to provide pads and tampons will help tackle this issue at the local level, across our province. We commend the Government of B.C. for their leadership on this issue.” – Neal Adolph, Director of the CLC Labour Participation department at United Way of the Lower Mainland, and one of the organizers of United Way’s Period Promise campaign.

About the United Way Period Promise Research Project

This project was developed following the profound impact of United Way’s 2019 Period Promise Campaign, which generated approximately 500,000 donated menstrual products in March and April 2019. The campaign also inspired organizations to adopt a policy to provide menstrual products in their facilities, while de-stigmatizing menstruation and raising awareness of period poverty. For more information, go to

Confidential survey

Periods are a fact of life. But if you’re living in poverty – or vulnerable in other ways – access to menstrual products can be challenging.

If you’ve struggled to afford menstrual products, your voice matters. Go to to take a 4 minute confidential survey.