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Toronto to fund menstrual products for homeless women and girls

In this June 22, 2016 file photo, a woman restocks tampons at Compton's Market, in Sacramento, Calif. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Rich Pedroncelli

The City of Toronto is poised to ensure homeless women and girls have greater access to feminine hygiene products.

The city council’s executive committee voted on Monday to boost this year’s shelter, support and housing administration budget by more than $222,000.

The money will be used to buy menstrual products and dispensers for city-run homeless shelters, drop-in and respite centres, as well as some neighbourhood community centres.

The funding will become official if city council approves the new budget at a meeting scheduled for Thursday.

Kristyn Wong-Tam, a city councillor leading the call for designated funding for menstrual products, says she’s proud to see the city follow through.

She says the move is an important step to ensure equity for low-income women and girls.