November 30, 2019
Effective immediately, this directive amends standard 9.1.2 (a) and 9.1.2 (c) in the Toronto Shelter Standards (TSS). This directive also introduces that shelter services, 24-hour drop-ins, and respites will receive dedicated funding for menstrual products.
This directive serves to align the shelter standards related to menstrual products more closely with the 24-hour Respite Site standards (TRS), to provide increased client access to menstrual products.
Toronto City Council has also approved $222,359 in funding for shelters, 24-Hour Women’s Drop-ins, and 24-Hour Respite Sites in 2019 for the purchase menstrual products. Future years funding will be dependent on Council approval of Shelter, Support & Housing Administration (SSHA) budget. SSHA will send a letter to Providers outlining funding allocations and conditions.
Shelter providers are directed to review the updated standards with staff, senior management and board of directors and to implement all requirements.