Committed to ending period poverty, one pack at a time.

Flow Together, Grow Together

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Bleed the North is a federally registered, youth-led nonprofit organization. We are committed to ending period poverty and stigma by providing menstrual products to people in need across Ontario.

 

We hope to educate our community on the dangers of period poverty and work to promote menstrual legislation in Canadian politics.

 

We promise to see the ways in which menstruators are affected by their periods and learn from those who experience menstruation and period poverty in all of its complexity, together

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IMPACT REPORT 2021

2021 was a year filled with many amazing memories, achievements, and proud moments.

We put together a report showing our impacts in 2021 - all made possible with your support. 

Bleed the North impact report on service, education, and advocacy operations to eliminate period poverty and stimga in Ontario.

Donate period products to support our cause.

See the different volunteer opportunities we have to offer!

It costs us $3.67 to support a menstruator for one cycle.
Help us raise funds to support our operations!

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1 in 3 Canadian women under the age of 25 struggle to afford period products.

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Globally, 2.3 billion people live without basic sanitation services.

Are you in need of menstrual products?

Our Work

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SERVICE

The Service Team works to provide menstrual products to those who are unable to access them.

To this day, they have collected over 90,00 products and serviced over 62,00 periods across the province.

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EDUCATION

The Education Team works to create educational resources.

 

These tools are intended to help the general public learn about menstruation-related topics such as period poverty, period stigma, and reproductive health.

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ADVOCACY

The Advocacy Team works alongside politicians, grassroot organizations, and community members to enact change.

They strive to achieve menstrual equity through reform and legislation.

Our Story

Bleed the North (formerly PERIOD Ontario) was founded by Isabela Rittinger in March 2020, at the start of the COVID-19 lockdown. Due to the stockpiling of period products in grocery stores during that time, the widespread effects of period poverty for individuals across Ontario was exacerbated by pandemic-induced panic-buying, which further motivated Isabela to push for better access to period products.

 

With newfound spare time and a longtime passion for menstrual equity, Isabela got to work in connecting with other like-minded individuals to work on this project. They quickly sensed interest and motivation from the community to help end period poverty and period stigma, leading the organization to expand from Durham Region to Ontario in May.

 

Since then, the Bleed the North team has been working tirelessly to provide period products to shelters across the province, advocating for menstrual legislation in Ontario parliament, and developing virtual educational campaigns. 

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