Manitoba strikes deal with drugstore chain to supply free menstrual products – CTV

Sept. 15, 2022

The Manitoba government plans to make millions of menstrual products available for free at schools, women’s shelters and resource centres across the province.

The Progressive Conservative government has reached a deal with Shoppers Drug Mart, which will see the pharmacy chain supply 3.3 million tampons and pads each year for three years.

Shoppers struck a similar deal with the Ontario government last year, although the Manitoba supply is higher per capita. Financial details of the deal with Manitoba are expected to be released at a news conference Thursday.

Many Manitoba schools already offer menstrual products for free, but the new arrangement will ensure uniformity across the province, Families Minister Rochelle Squires said Wednesday.

“Whether you’re in Thompson or The Pas or Winnipeg or Brandon, if you’re going to school, the expectation should be that you’d be able to access this product,” Squires said.

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