The United Way Period Promise Research Project

When we talk about period poverty in British Columbia there are three basic truths that we have to accept:

  1. It is much more common than any of us believes.

  2. We don’t know much about what it looks like in BC.

  3. We know that it can be solved, by we’re not really sure how.

The United Way Period Promise Research Project, funded by the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction and supported by Pacific Blue Cross, Vancity, Always and Tampax, is going to help us with all three of these.

Together the United Way and the Government of British Columbia are going to study how big of an issue period poverty is, what impact it has on our communities, and see if agencies working in our communities might be a part of the solution.  

For a full calendar year, a handful of agencies around the province will be provided with menstrual products that they will be giving to clients for free. Partner agencies for this project are being selected through connections to the United Way network in British Columbia. These agencies and some of their clients will provide the United Way of the Lower Mainland with information about how this product has affected their organization or their personal lives. That data and any policy recommendations that develop as a result will be distilled and reported back to the Government of British Columbia. 

This is the first research project of its kind in Canada.  



The 12 non-profit agencies participating around the province:

Cranbrook  - Community Connection Society of Southeastern BC
Victoria  - Victoria Youth Empowerment Society
Victoria  - Society of St Vincent de Paul
Powell River - Powell River Action Centre Society
Prince George - Prince George Sexual Assault Centre Society
Terrace - Ksan Society in Terrace
Nanaimo  - Nanaimo Women’s Centre
Hope - Hope + Area Transition Society
Surrey - Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre
Vancouver - Kiwassa Neighbourhood House
Vancouver - RayCam Community Centre
Kelowna - Living Positive Resource Centre

Note: Partner agencies will be receiving menstrual products by the end of July. If you are in need of receiving product from them, please contact them in advance to ensure that they are able to support your needs. 

Research Project Funded by: 


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