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B.C. Becomes the First Province to Make Contraceptives Free in Canada

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at U Vic chapter.

Ladies, listen up, starting April 1, all prescription contraceptives will be made free in British Columbia. According to the new provincial budget released on Feb. 28, $119 million in funding will be allocated to this expense. It was announced by Finance Minister Katrine Conroy. That is a huge move in healthcare.

The free contraceptives will include contraceptive injections, both hormonal and copper IUDs, most oral hormone pills, subdermal implants, and Plan B, the morning-after pill. Unfortunately, as of right now, vaginal rings and transdermal patches are not covered, but the Ministry of Health may eventually look at getting those products covered as well.

It is estimated that someone who spends $25 a month for the hormonal pills could save up to $300 a year and up to $10,000 in their lifetime. That is not a small amount of money, and could make a big difference for a lot of people.  

This is a big step forward in both sexual and reproductive health care. To be able to access the free contraceptives, one must either be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada as well as be covered under the Medical Services Plan (MSP). In simpler terms one needs to be covered under health insurance. Once they have a prescription from a family physician, that prescription can be taken to a pharmacist along with the individual’s MSP card to fill the prescription.

So keep a reminder in your calendar to refill any prescriptions you might have for April 1! For further information, check out the Government of British Columbia’s statement on free prescription contraceptives here.

As a former Campus Correspondents at the Her Campus at UVic chapter, Paige published content, managed the executive team, oversaw retention and recruitment, and hosted meetings, now she is back to simply wiritng and editing, what she truly enjoys. She has been with Her Campus since September of 2022 as both a writer and editor before deciding to take on a larger role as Chapter Leader. She has published a piece with the campus newspaper before deciding that she preferred to edit and publish articles instead. She has done media for a non-profit as well as collabing with local newspapers to promote the festival that the non-profit ran. As a third-year writing major at UVic, Paige is minoring in journalism with a focus in creative nonfiction. She received a scholarship for a short story she wrote in 2020. She has also received various academic scholarships for her grades. She hopes to go into either publishing/editing or working for a newspaper/magazine somewhere in Europe one day, ideally in the world of Formula One. In her free time, Paige watches and keeps up with the Formula One world. She also enjoys reading a good book, bingeing one of her favourite TV shows such as Criminal Minds or Bones, and visiting bookstores.