On July 1st, the day that Canadians bleed red and white in celebration of
their country’s ‘birthday’, there will be a new reason to celebrate.
A new amendment to the Excise Tax Act means that there will no longer be tax charged on feminine menstrual products, as the Department of Finance has ruled that the tax was discriminatory towards women.
The amendment reads as follows:
That it is expedient to amend the Excise Tax Act as follows:1. (1) Schedule VI to the Excise Tax Act is amended by adding the following after Part II:
OTHER PRODUCTS1. A 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.(2) Subsection (1) applies to any supply made on or after July 1, 2015.
The end of the so-called ‘tampon tax’ comes following the successful #NoTaxOnTampons campaign that gathered more than 74,000 signatures of support through Change.org, which OntarioKink.com covered and supported in February.