‘This is ultimately about equity and dignity and it is time to stop stigmatizing women for something that happens to their body every month’

Sourced from: nationalpost.com

In May 2019, the Canadian federal government initiated a regulatory process to make free menstrual products available in federally regulated workplaces, with hopes to eventually make menstrual supply access a part of the Canadian Labour Code. Labour Minister Patty Hajdu said, “This is ultimately about equity and dignity and it is time to stop stigmatizing women for something that happens to their body every month, more or less, whether they like it or not.”

According to Hajdu, providing period products at work is about ensuring there is an “equality of access to hygiene products in the workplace regardless of gender.”

This move is an important step toward recognizing the need for menstrual equity advocacy at a federal level in Canada.

Affected sectors would include the entire public service, including banks, telecommunications, broadcasters, much of the transportation sector, the department of national defence, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and others. Although it will cost money, it’s too early to estimate how much.