It would cost about $ 1.9 million to provide around 22,000 women in shelters and Toronto-school girls with monthly hygiene products, a new study released Monday said.
The results of the Canadian Center for Economic Analysis show that more than seven million tampons and pads are needed by vulnerable women and girls in Toronto.
"The city of Toronto has a higher prevalence of these types of vulnerable groups than the rest of the province," said President Paul Smetanin. "Of Ontario, more than one in four of these people live in the city, and to be honest, I was shocked by both the problem and the number of people in need in the city."
The results came as mayor John Tory proclaimed Monday the "Menstrual Hygiene Day".
In a communiqué on Twitter the mayor said: "MH Day provides a global platform that … helps break the silence and create awareness of the fundamental role of good menstrual hygiene management in life of women and girls. "
The center's research was carried out pro-bono after Carol-Ann Granatstein, an advocate of" period poverty "in Toronto, had asked the firm to crack the numbers in order to illustrate the magnitude of the problem. The Toronto data was offered exclusively to the star.
"Here it is broken, here is what we need, here is what it will cost," she said. "Now we just have to figure out who will finance it, everyone is responsible."
Granatstein said that the cost of products for people who do not have the resources is prohibitive. "These people have to choose between these products and put food on the table and heat their homes," she said.
As the star reported in 2017, vulnerable women are at times resorting to alternatives to women's hygiene products, such as tissue paper, even newsprint, which can cause health problems.
"When a person uses products that are not intended for menstrual hygiene If they use products that go beyond the recommended use, they may be at risk for more serious consequences such as the toxic shock syndrome," said Granatstein.
She said she wants all levels of government to increase
In 2016, the New York City Council passed legislation to give women in public schools, prisons and homeless shelters access to free feminine hygiene products, the Washington Post reports reported the initiative that would cost the city. That had a budget of $ 82 billion, about $ 2.5 million on an annual basis.
For comparison, the Toronto 2018 operating budget is approximately $ 11 billion. Around $ 171.3 million will be spent on accommodation and related services.
"The mayor, recognizing the importance of adequate access to menstruation products, believes that this latest research will help support city officials and Toronto's health authorities in future policy recommendations," he said Don Peat, director of communications for Tory, in a written response to the star.
The Center's research was spanned over a two-week period during which the company merged into third-party databases, including municipal surveys and census data for Toronto, the Province, and Canada.
School-aged girls from low-income homes are defined at age 12 and 18; Women and girls in shelters are between 12 and 49 years old, said Smetanin.
There are approximately 204,500 women and girls throughout the country who need these products; in Ontario about 86,300 people.
Patricia O & Connell, Managing Director of Sistering, a women's get-together, said that feminine hygiene products are a "daily requirement". She said she was "highly doubtful" that the city would pay for it, with a lack of funds for mental health support.
"It's a big problem," she said. "They have all those old whites who make housing choices and drop-ins, and I can not imagine that hardly any of them ever think about what women need."
But Granatstein sees hope in the menstrual hygiene of the mayor's day proclamation.
"He seems like a lawyer," she said. "Maybe he could do a little more, life will be affected."
A comedy show called Gags for Rags, which is being produced by Garnet, is scheduled for next month and will raise money for menstrual items for three recipients – the Native Women's Resource Center of Toronto, the Fred Victor drop-in center on Adelaide St. and women's health in female hands.