Fort St. John considers offering free feminine hygiene products in public facilities

Fort St. John city council wants to know what can be done to provide free feminine hygiene products in public facilities.

On Monday, Coun. Byron Stewart brought up the matter in response to a provincial decision that requires B.C. schools to start providing the products in their washrooms.

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"In my mind … it's a part of our body's functioning as much as toilet paper and water and paper towel," Stewart said. "I'm just wondering if we have those available now, I don't know that, or if we can make those available."

Stewart gave notice of motion on the matter, meaning it will be formally brought forward at the next meeting, April 22, with staff likely directed to provide a report on the options available for providing the products. 

Last week, Education Minister Rob Fleming announced students at B.C. public schools will have access to free menstrual products by the end of the year.

The province is providing $300,000 to cover start-up costs for school districts as well as supplying ongoing funding for the program.

The provincewide program is the first of its kind in Canada and comes after school board trustees in New Westminster, B.C., voted in February to provide free feminine hygiene products in washrooms.

— with files from Canadian Press

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca. 

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