The Manitoba government has partnered with Shoppers Drug Mart to make millions of menstrual products available for free at schools, women’s shelters and resource centres.

Shoppers Drug Mart will supply Manitoba with 3.3 million tampons and pads each year for three years.

“Thanks to this innovative partnership, we are progressing towards destigmatizing the nature of getting your period by supporting young women and girls when they need it most,” said Families Minister Rochelle Squires. “This significant shift will ensure thousands of students and others most in need will have reliable and consistent access to menstrual products wherever they live in our province.”

The Manitoba government will distribute the products monthly to schools and other identified locations. School divisions and schools will determine where the supplies are most needed.

Though many Manitoba schools already offer menstrual products for free, the new arrangement will ensure all schools across the province have the same supply.