North America

Canada scraps 'tampon tax'

Tampon Detail of a tampon
Tax on sanitary items in the EU varies from 5 per cent to 27 per cent. Source: Cover

Canada's federal government has confirmed it will stop taxing feminine hygiene products from July 1.

Products including tampons, sanitary napkins and menstrual cups will be included in the tax exemption.

Last year, these products earned the government around $40,000 in tax revenue -- with each item taxed at approximately five per cent.

The bill to scrap the 'tampon tax' came from a private members bill, and received all-party support.

New Democratic Party politician, Irene Mathyssen, who sponsored the private bill, says the outcome is a "victory for all women."

"The women who made this an issue, their voices have finally been heard."

The outcome follows a growing global push for governments to end taxing on menstrual products.

Australian treasurer Joe Hockey has said the federal government will look into whether sanitary items should be GST-free, during the next State treasurers' meeting in July.