Periods are a fact of life.

Menstruation products are a basic necessity. But if you’re living in poverty – or vulnerable in other ways – access to tampons, pads, cups or menstrual underwear, can be challenging.

The Period Promise campaign by United Way mobilizes local citizens to be a part of the solution.

You can take part in several ways:

  • Give financially, or donate period products like tampons, pads, cups, menstrual underwear.
  • You can also organize a Period Promise campaign to collect donations in your community.
  • If you are an elected representative, executive, union leader or business owner, commit to providing free menstrual hygiene products to anyone accessing your facilities.

Did you know? Nearly 1 in 4 Canadian women has struggled to buy period products for themselves, or their children.

History and partnerships

Tampon Tuesday: For the past few years in March, United Way Halton & Hamilton has led a local “Tampon Tuesday” initiative, a drive to collect and distribute donated menstrual products for people in need. Now operating locally as Period Promise, organizers and supporters continue to collect and distribute donations, while advocating for free menstrual products in common spaces.

Labour: Period Promise has garnered incredible community support, especially from the labour movement. Unions as well as labour councils, are leading the way in improving access to menstrual products.

Making change at a fundamental level.

There’s often a silence around periods, and period poverty. It can be embarrassing and isolating to live without access to appropriate menstrual products.

You can be a part of the solution. In addition to supporting Period Promise donation drives, organizations have an important role to play in curbing period poverty, long-term.

We can reduce the isolation created by period poverty in our own neighbourhoods by making tampons and pads available, for free, in our communities – just like toilet paper. But if you’re a local business, union or community leader, we need your support.

Wondering where to start? Curious about costs? We’ve done the research.  Join the movement now.

Contact us now to learn more.

Let’s work together to eradicate period poverty.  

Make your Period Promise today. 

Period Promise Policy Signatories

The following organizations have committed to providing free and accessible products in their workplace or office:

Vagabond Saints

Partners & Sponsors

Scott GallagherPeriod Promise