Canada has recently mandated the provision of free tampons in men’s bathrooms across all federal workplaces, including the iconic Parliament Hill. The policy has been met with mixed reactions from the public.
The amendment to the Canadian Labour Code, first announced in May and implemented on December 15, mandates that menstrual products must be available in all restroom facilities, irrespective of their gender.
The regulations specify that menstrual products must be in all toilet rooms, regardless of their marked genders. This means that every female-identified, male-identified and all gender toilet rooms will need to have menstrual products. Unrestricted access to menstrual products better protects menstruating employees and makes sure that they feel safe to use the toilet room that best reflects their gender.
Employers must also make sure a covered container for disposal of menstrual products is provided. A disposal container must be placed in each toilet room that has one toilet. In rooms with multiple toilets, a disposal container must be in each toilet stall.
In 2020, Rachel Ettinger initiated the petition, which was later submitted to the House of Commons by her Member of Parliament. “We have to look at menstrual products as a necessity item, just like toilet paper,” she said. “You can’t provide a truly inclusive space for your employees without providing menstrual products.”
Ettinger, the founder of Here For Her, a social enterprise dedicated to health education throughout Canada, collaborated with various organizations to present recommendations to the government for the initiative.
“Not only women or those who identify as women menstruate,” Ettinger said. “Trans men, gender non-conforming and two-spirit folks menstruate as well, and everyone who menstruates deserves to menstruate with dignity.”
As a result, the policy has raised questions about government spending and the prioritization of resources. Many have argued that the move will lead to unnecessary expenses and a misallocation of taxpayer money.
— Not the Bee (@Not_the_Bee) December 26, 2023
A lot of Americans have just become informed of tampons being put into men’s bathrooms on Parliament Hill in Canada.
Disclaimer: Canada is a very stupid country.
— Cool (ʀᴇᴅᴀᴄᴛᴇᴅ) 🟦🧾 (@_coolredacted) December 26, 2023
I’ve been advocating for this for YEARS!
Thankfully Canada addressed my concerns!
Liberal “men” need tampons! https://t.co/CqbkqRsxk2
— Breanna Morello (@BreannaMorello) December 26, 2023
Canada has joined Operation Prosperity Guardian in the Red Sea, and we are sending the most vital piece of military gear to help.
Weapons grade tampons.
These will be available to men fighting on the front lines, and will help us teach the enemy how to use gender language. pic.twitter.com/M0BeXtZh5v
— Justin Trudeau's Ego (@Trudeaus_Ego) December 19, 2023
The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau has issued a new policy that requires tampons and sanitary napkins in men’s bathrooms in the Canadian Parliament and all federally-regulated employers. This includes airports and military bases.
The change was announced back in May of… pic.twitter.com/YXWJ1mxVD4
— RedWave Press (@RedWave_Press) December 26, 2023