Trudeau government proposes free access to menstrual products

The federal government is proposing that women who work in federally regulated workplaces have access to free menstrual products.

The Trudeau government wants to put menstrual products, such as tampons, in the same group of supplies employers must provide free, like toilet paper, soap, warm water, and a way to dry your hands.

The government isn't sure yet - exactly - how the program would work, so a 60-day consultation will aim to figure out what products are needed and how to take into account the cost that the move might have on businesses.

There are also questions about how to provide products in trains and on aircraft, for instance, where there may be space limits or where workers share washrooms with the public.

The proposed rules would apply to roughly 1.2 million employees in the federally regulated worforce.