March 1, 2024

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500,000 Canadian workers to have free access to menstrual products at work starting next week

500,000 Canadian workers to have free access to menstrual products at work starting next week

Beginning Dec. 15, federally regulated employers must provide free menstrual products to their employees.

The move will affect approximately 500,000 Canadian employees in total.

“We can also think about the banking, transportation and telecommunications sector,” explains Cindy Royer, a contributor to the “Vosafires” show.

Changes to the Canada Labor Code require employers to provide tampons and pads, along with other essential products.

“We have hand soap and we’re not surprised, it’s free in the toilets at work,” Ms. Royer adds. Menstrual products are also available for women.

“What’s fun about it is that it inspires Quebec companies to take the lead and start a whole movement, because yes, talking about rules in the workplace is still taboo. , when we talk about inclusion, well-being at work and ultimately productivity,” she continues.

Ms. Royer also conducted a lengthy interview with Laura Emond, founder of Iris and Arlo.

Her company distributes plastic-free, 100% organic pads and tampons to businesses.

“I met a visionary,” she said. It is the first Quebec company dedicated to distributing healthy menstrual products without toxic products and without plastic in a company with about ten employees. She also aims to organize meetings in schools. She also donates to needy women. He is a rising star of entrepreneurship in Quebec.”

Watch his report in the video above

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