An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act (feminine hygiene products)

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.

This bill was previously introduced in the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session.


Judy Wasylycia-Leis  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of March 12, 2009
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

The purpose of this enactment is to exempt the sale of feminine hygiene products from the goods and services tax (GST).


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Excise Tax ActRoutine Proceedings

March 12th, 2009 / 10:15 a.m.
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Judy Wasylycia-Leis NDP Winnipeg North, MB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-341, An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act (feminine hygiene products).

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to reintroduce a bill to remove the GST on feminine hygiene products. I had hoped it would have become law by now because the Conservatives had promised to get rid of this unfair gender tax when they were in opposition. After three years in power, the government still has failed to deliver for Canadian women.

This bill would remove the GST on feminine hygiene products because it affects women only. It unfairly disadvantages women financially solely because of their reproductive role. This bill would restore fairness to the benefit of all Canadian women, particularly those on lower incomes.

I hope the House will work with us to ensure we remove this unfair gender tax on tampons as soon as possible.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)