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Algonquin College Aunt Flow

Free Period Products Now Available in Algonquin College’s Ottawa Campus Restrooms

This past spring, Algonquin College partnered with Aunt Flow to provide free period products in the Ottawa Campus bathrooms.

Aunt Flow dispensers, serviced by Citron Hygiene, are stocked with free tampons and pads to ensure that menstruators never have to miss out on activities or classes due to their period or need to sacrifice something else within their budget to afford period products.  

Dispensers are available in 43 bathrooms on campus, including gender-neutral and some men’s restrooms. 

Patricia Thome, supervisor of custodial and grounds operations, said the students have an essential role in supporting this project and each other.

We are thrilled with the feedback given by the college community, and it motivates us immensely. We still have work to do and are counting on the college community’s support while we continue developing this and other wonderful projects that are coming up.

Patricia Thome

According to statistics referenced by both the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario, 63% of menstruators has concerns about not being able to access either period products or proper hygiene facilities. The same research found that 34% of menstruators had dealt with budget/affordability issues.

AC believes in creating an accessible and equitable environment; if toilet paper and soap are freely accessible, period products should be too. By providing Aunt Flow period products we are doing our part to ensure the needs of our College community are met.

Ryan Southwood, Executive Director, Facilities Management

Stay in the flow — we’ll send you period positivity + timely updates on the menstrual movement.

claire coder,founder + ceo

claire coder,
founder + ceo

Hi! I’m Claire. I founded Aunt Flow after getting my period in public without the supplies needed.

At 18 years old, I dedicated my life to developing a solution to ensure businesses and schools could sustainably provide quality period products, for free, in bathrooms. Our products are made with organic cotton and we are constantly working to reduce our environmental impact! Since 2021, we've donated over 6 MILLION period products to menstruators in need. I call this people helping people. PERIOD.®