Free menstrual products will soon be available in three City facilities in Red Deer in the coming weeks as part of a Period Promise pilot project. The project is in partnership with United Way Central Alberta which has a goal to end period poverty by providing menstrual products for free. 

Menstrual products will be available free of charge at the Collicut Centre, G.H. Dawe Community Centre and City Hall. The pilot locations were chosen to ensure there is a diversity in the type of users accessing the program as well as varied geographic locations across the city.

New dispensers will be installed in those facilities.

“The City of Red Deer has signed the Period Promise Policy Agreement with the United Way, which signals our commitment to providing stigma-free access to free menstrual products to employees, guests, clients and the general public,” said Sarah Tittemore, Community Services General Manager. “We are pleased to announce our participation in the Period Promise campaign, especially as tomorrow marks International Menstrual Hygiene Day.”

Users will be invited to complete a short survey to help us evaluate the outcomes of the pilot program.   

“We know that over half of people who menstruate have struggled to afford products at some point in their life, and that lack of access can be a barrier to school, work and other activities, said Tittemore. “Our goal is to ensure that users of our facilities feel comfortable and safe accessing these necessary products.”

“United Way Central Alberta has been tackling period poverty throughout Central Alberta this past year with the Period Promise campaign, as well as school and municipal pilots,” said Chelsea O’Donoghue, CEO United Way Central Alberta. “As part of this work, we encourage businesses, unions, and governments of various jurisdictions to commit to providing free and accessible menstrual products for their employees, clients, students, members, and/or the general public. We are so pleased the City of Red Deer is taking a leadership role with us in addressing this important equity and human rights issue by signing the Period Promise to help everyone stay connected to their community.”