Good news, ladies! The Canadian government will be lifting the GST on feminine hygiene products as of July 1.
The federal government announced the an official motion to amend the Excise Tax Act to include the "supply of a product that is marketed exclusively for feminine hygiene purposes and is a sanitary napkin, tampon, sanitary belt, menstrual cup or other similar product" as GST-free items today (May 28)—which also happens to be Menstrual Hygiene Day.
In a statement, NDP MP Irene Mathyssen noted, "This is a victory for all women. It shows what a group of determined women and citizens can do."
The five-percent GST is applied to non-essential items so it's nice to see the Canadian government finally recognizing that the monthly need for pads and tampons is hardly a luxury.