Even if your period isn't always the most exciting event, you can still take comfort in the fact that it may cost you less. Yes, sustainable hygiene product reimbursement is possible in many places in Quebec. Whether you use sanitary napkins, tampons, cups or menstrual panties during your period, you know it's an extra expense.

Some cities and boroughs across the province have programs in place to help you cover those necessary costs.

These subsidies were put in place to encourage the use of reusable hygiene products and they may even cover other items, such as cloth diapers.

At the beginning of 2020, about 15 municipalities in Quebec were reimbursing these environmentally friendly products.

This summer, several others joined in the trend. Today, a total of 22 jurisdictions offer some form of this subsidy program.

The amount covered varies by territory as does how much you can get reimbursed — it can range from $40 to $100 per person and/or per application.

Here are the 22 municipalities and boroughs in the province that offer this subsidy:

  • Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (Montreal)

  • Ahunstic-Cartierville (Montreal)

  • Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles (Montreal)

  • Rosemont–La-Petite-Patrie (Montreal)

  • Sud-Ouest (Montreal)

  • Belœil

  • Boisbriand

  • Chambly

  • Dorval

  • Ham-Nord

  • Mascouche

  • Matane

  • MRC Marguerite-D'Youville

  • Pointe-Claire

  • Prevost

  • Rosemère

  • Saint-Hippolyte

  • Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

  • Saint-Roch-de-L'Achigan

  • Saguenay

  • Salaberry-de-Valleyfield

  • Vaudreuil-Dorion

If you reside in one of these places, you should refer to their respective websites for information on the procedures and forms you need to fill out to claim what you're owed.

In most cases, proof of residence is required to take advantage of the program.

Be sure to keep your invoice as proof of purchase, as well.

Some of the current programs are the result of citizen action. In Belœil, residents organized to ask their municipal council to implement the program.

So, if your city is not on this list, you know what you have to do.


This article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.

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