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Saanich councillor wins award in Ottawa for free contraception campaign

Saanich News, April 16, 2023

A group founded by a Saanich councillor and a local sexual health advocate is being recognized at the national level for the work done by the organization to bring free prescription contraception to B.C.

Coun. Teale Phelps Bondaroff and AccessBC co-founder Devon Black were jointly awarded the Jack Layton Progress Prize at the Broadbent Institute’s summit in Ottawa held last week between April 10 and 12 for the organization’s successful campaign.


Liberals and New Democrats reach a deal on pharmacare

CBC News, February 23, 2024

Singh said the coverage will be "universal" and work "very much like the system that's actually been rolled out in [British Columbia] for example for contraceptives." He said "a wide class of contraceptives" will be covered, "including [Intrauterine devices], prescription contraceptives and the emergency contraception that people take."


Thousands in B.C. getting free contraception, providing 'hope for reproductive justice'

CTV News, Nov. 8, 2023

Roughly 166,000 people in B.C. didn’t pay a dime for their prescription contraception between April 1 and Sept. 30. Health ministry data obtained by CTV News shows the majority of people using B.C.’s free prescription contraception program are in their 20s.

“B.C. has become a beacon of hope for reproductive justice in Canada,” said Teale Phelps Bondaroff, co-founder of Access BC, a campaign that advocated for free contraception.


How a free contraception campaign turned into a national movement

Saanich News, Nov. 2, 2023

It’s no easy feat to launch a campaign that successfully makes changes to government legislation. That’s why when Devon Black found out her campaign for free prescription contraception had achieved its goal in 2023, she was flooded with emotion.

“I cried,” Black said. “It felt really incredible. The reason we kept going on as long as we did was because people kept telling us how important this was. People would say over and over again, ‘I know friends who want IUDs and can’t afford them,’ or ‘I personally have struggled with access to contraception.’”


British Columbia’s coverage of contraceptives should inspire the rest of North America

The Conversation,

April 10, 2023

As of April 1, 2023 all residents of British Columbia gained access to free prescription contraception. This includes the birth control pill, injections and implants, IUDs and emergency contraception known as Plan B or the “morning after” pill.


B.C. begins to rollout free prescription contraceptives for all residents

CHEK News, April 1, 2023

The province has begun offering free prescription contraceptives to all British Columbia residents. B.C.’s Finance Minister Katrine Conroy announced last month that the province would commit $119 million for three years of free prescription contraceptives to all residents as part of the B.C. Budget.


No-cost contraception is the leadership Canada needs to follow

The Hill Times, March 13, 2023

On Feb. 28, the British Columbia government took historic action and said it will become the first province in Canada to provide universal no-cost coverage for prescription contraception. 


The grassroots movement that made contraception free in B.C.

Vancouver Sun, March 5, 2023

When prescription contraceptives become free starting April 1, it will be the culmination of an effort begun seven years ago by a grassroots group called AccessBC that had its start in a Vancouver Island kitchen as a back-of-the-envelope rough idea.


Health Benefits, Savings Seen in New Free Contraception Plan

The Tyee, March 2, 2023

British Columbia will be the first province or territory to make prescription contraception free starting April 1, a move one expert said offers “a beacon of hope” for the rest of the country. This week’s provincial budget allotted $119 million over the next three years to eliminate out-of-pocket costs for prescription contraceptives including oral hormonal pills, contraceptive injections, sub-dermal implants, copper and hormonal IUDs and Plan B, the morning-after pill


B.C. to make contraception free — a first in Canada

CBC News, March 1, 2023

On April 1, B.C. will become the first Canadian jurisdiction to make prescription contraception free for all residents, including oral pills, injections, IUDs and the morning-after pill Plan B. Some are hoping other provinces will follow suit.








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