You may recall seeing a petition floating around the internet earlier this year asking to put a stop on taxes on feminine hygiene products. The online petition received over 74,000 signatures and it looks like the women of Canada are getting what they want! “For me personally, whenever we have the opportunity to put more money in the pockets of Canadian, and certainly Canadian women, that’s a very good thing,” Tory MP Michelle Rempel told the Toronto Star. The motion to remove the taxes was originally brought to light around 2003. Now, 12 years later, feminine hygiene products such as tampons, pads, panty liners & menstrual cups, will be exempt from the federal portion of GST (5%), beginning July 1st, 2015.
And It’s about time! Especially considering items like wedding cakes, incontinence products, and cocktail cherries are not subject to GST and they can hardly be considered ‘necessities’. In 2014 alone, approximately 17,876,392 Canadian women between the ages of 12-49 spent over $500 million on menstrual hygiene products, meaning the government collection just over $36 million in government taxes because of a natural cycle women’s bodies go through once a month.