November 15, 2023
As of December 15, 2023, employers will be obligated to make clean and hygienic tampons and menstrual pads readily available to all employees at no cost. This proactive measure recognizes menstrual products as essential as toilet paper and soap, acknowledging their importance in maintaining the health and dignity of those who menstruate.
This regulation not only promotes equity but also aims to reduce the stigma associated with menstruation in the workplace, creating a more inclusive and supportive environment. Furthermore, it aligns with the broader efforts of the Canadian government to break down barriers to equality. It is important to recognize that this legislation includes not only women but also non-binary individuals, transgender men and intersex individuals. As such, these changes are intended to help address a number of existing systemic inequities.
Employers will have some flexibility in implementing these changes, considering the diverse range of federally regulated trucking companies. However, employers must ensure they are in compliance with the following:
1. The employer shall provide menstrual products, including clean and hygienic tampons and menstrual pads, in each toilet room.
2. If it is not feasible to provide menstrual products in a toilet room, the employer shall provide them in another location in the same workplace that is controlled by the employer, accessible by employees at all times and offers a reasonable amount of privacy.
3. The employer shall provide a covered container for the disposal of menstrual products
a. in any toilet room that has only one toilet; and
b. in each toilet compartment of any toilet room that has more than one toilet.
By treating menstrual products as basic needs, employers are sending a strong message about their commitment to gender equality and the health and dignity of all its workers.
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