Almost every girl has suffered through the embarrassment of getting her period at work and having to ask around the office for a spare tampon or spend the rest of the day with a makeshift toilet-paper pad.

For some, that problem will be no more.

The government of Canada is considering passing a motion that would make employers under its jurisdiction responsible for providing menstrual products to its employees.

This is not set in stone, and in fact will not be passed as a law until after the next election.

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The government is setting out their intentions ahead of time. This is because it allows interested parties to make their opinions on the subject known. Citizens will be able to tell the government whether they think this is a good or a bad move.

The legislation was proposed by Canada's Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Patty Hajdu.

She believes this move, which will make menstrual products more accessible, will provide a more equitable work environment for women.

She says that she has mainly received support for the idea. She dismisses male critics by stating that they cannot understand the stressful and embarrassing situation that women sometimes find themselves in when they get their period at work unexpectedly.

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The potential new law will only affect businesses under federal jursidiction, including:

  • banks

  • marine shipping, ferry and port services

  • air transportation, including airports, aerodromes and airlines

  • railway and road transportation that involves crossing provincial or international borders

For a complete list of federally-regulated businesses and industries that could be affeced, click here.

Over 480,000 women currently work for these businesses. 

Other strides have been made in recent years to make menstrual products more accessible. Right now, Canadian women no longer pay federal tax on menstrual products. Quebec also eliminated the TVQ tax on these products.

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