Nfld. & Labrador

'Tampon tax' to be eliminated in Newfoundland and Labrador

The Newfoundland and Labrador government is following the lead of Ottawa and removing its portion of the tax on feminine hygiene products.
Both the Canadian and Newfoundland and Labrador governments are eliminating taxes on feminine hygiene products, such as tampons. (The Associated Press)

The Newfoundland and Labrador government is following the lead of Ottawa and removing its portion of the tax on feminine hygiene products.

Last week, the federal government tabled a motion to eliminate the GST on such products, including tampons. The change goes into effect July 1, and applies exclusively to products marketed for feminine hygiene.

The Newfoundland and Labrador government has not said how much revenue it expects to lose by cutting the tax, but the federal government is estimating a $36 million loss.

Women's groups have argued the tax was discriminatory, with advocates across the country saying it is a tax exclusive to females, which represents unequal treatment of some citizens. 

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