Federally regulated workplaces will soon provide menstrual products for free
Tammy Compton restocks tampons at Compton's Market, in Sacramento, Calif., June 22, 2016. Federally regulated workplaces will begin offering free menstrual products to workers starting on December 15. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Rich Pedroncelli
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, May 10, 2023 2:47PM EDT
OTTAWA - Federally regulated workplaces are expected to begin offering free menstrual products to workers starting in mid-December.
Labour Minister Seamus O'Regan has announced changes to the Canada Labour Code that would ensure access to such products beginning Dec. 15.
The Liberals promised in their 2021 election campaign to make free tampons and pads available in federally regulated workplaces, and set up a fund to make menstrual products available to vulnerable people.
The 2022 federal budget allocated $25 million to establish a national pilot for the menstrual equity fund, which aims to help make menstrual products available to people who may have challenges affording them.
Increased awareness of “period poverty” - a term used to describe financial barriers to accessing menstrual products - has led various jurisdictions to make menstrual products more widely available.
Scotland passed a law last year to make menstrual products free for anyone who needs them.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 10, 2023.