Beginning December 15, 2023, federal workplaces will be required to offer menstrual products in all facilities. The government’s mandate is the latest step in a growing movement to provide Canadians greater access to necessary feminine hygiene products.
Over the past 18 months, many different types of public spaces have taken the initiative to make pads, tampons and other basic menstrual products accessible in washrooms at no cost – similar to toilet paper or soap. This movement aims to:
- Promote gender equality
- Combat period poverty
- Reduce stigma
- Create healthier, more inclusive spaces
How This Affects Your Customers
Many of your customers may be affected by the legislation and looking to you for support in meeting these mandates.
So, how can you offer your customers a product assortment that meets the federal regulations and expectations of facilities voluntarily offering these products?
Menstrual Products: Under the new legislations, sanitary pads and tampons are the only menstrual products required to be offered in federal workplaces. Given the diversity of needs and preferences, offering a range of products from sanitary pads and tampons to reusable options like menstrual cups is recommended.
Proper Disposal: Additionally, many federal workplaces will be required to provide covered waste receptacles and can liners for the proper and safe disposal of menstrual products. Other hygiene products you should consider offering your customers are:
- Sanitary Napkin Disposal Bags
- Feminine Hygiene Waste Receptacles
- Maxi Pads & Sanitary Napkins for Vending Machines
- Multi-purpose Dispensers
The Convenience of Dispensers
Dispensers are highly recommended, though not mandatory. They facilitate easy and hygienic access to menstrual products. Both manual and automated dispensers are equally effective, with the automated option being considered more sanitary. Dispensers can also assist with tracking consumption and ensuring products maintain adequate stock.
- Location: Ideal locations for feminine hygiene dispenser installation are near sinks or adjacent to toilet stalls for maximum visibility and ease of access.
- Surface: You can install dispensers on a variety of surfaces—whether it’s tiles, drywall, or metal partitions.
- Type of Dispensers: Universal dispensers that accommodate both pads and tampons are convenient. However, if space allows, specialized dispensers for different products can be installed.
If you would like to know how you can build a comprehensive feminine hygiene product assortment for your customers, including dispensers and menstrual product options, talk to your R3 representative before legislation takes effect. Or visit shopr3.ca to check our full selection of available menstrual products.