"Canadian Menstruators" - Has anyone heard of this?

on Apr 29, 2015 @ 06:39 pm

I came across this article today http://www.xovain.com/news/canada-tampon-tax

This is really interesting to me. I've often thought to myself that tampons and pads should be much cheaper, and generally more available and accessible to anyone who needs them, whether it's in Canada or anywhere else. And how are they NOT considered an essential item?!

If anyone's interested, here's a link to the actual website with more information!



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fellow Canadian on Apr 29, 2015 @ 06:52 pm

I have heard of this. And it's absolutely crazy. What exactly do they expect us to use? Menstruation is something that happens every single month (for most women) without fail, so of course it's essential to have a product that stops us from bleeding all over the place! If they're going to continue with this sexist thinking, then they need to implement days off for those women who work. Your period started? Stay home with pay until you're done bleeding! It's the least they can do.

tax on Apr 29, 2015 @ 07:38 pm

I am in the US and in our state of Georgia, we have a state sales tax of 7%. Do you all have a state tax? Like when you grocery shop or buy items, do they add sales tax on every thing at the end of checkout? That's the way it's done here. I've never heard of this before, but it makes sense there should be no taxes on feminine products. I also saw where you can sign the petition. I would love to sign it for you all, but wonder if they would let me since I'm in the US? Good luck, Ginger.

. on Apr 29, 2015 @ 09:03 pm

Every province has a tax except Albert I think. But their cost of living is astronomical to make up for it I guess. Our groceries aren't taxed but everything else is 13% (here in Ontario anyway, some provinces are even higher and some are lucky with lower taxes). And yeah, the taxes come up at the end. Now we even have environmental fee tax which is also ridiculous because the fees don't go anywhere to helping the environment.

Wow! on Apr 29, 2015 @ 09:27 pm

I honestly did not know anything about this. That is absolutely absurd! I of course knew groceries are not taxed, but did not realize tampons or pads are. To put it in perspective: today I bought bean dip and was not charged tax. As if dip is more essential than menstruation products.

Thanks for sharing this; it is really informative!

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