All Canadian military bases are now required to provide menstruation products for male soldiers.
Every military base must provide the products, such as tampons, in all men’s restrooms.
The move is to align with the federal government directive issued by Employment and Social Development Canada to promote “inclusivity.”
The new directive comes into force this week and all military bases must be compliant by December 15.
Major Soomin Kim from the Department of National Defence confirmed the policy.
He told True North:
“Starting December 15, 2023, as per the Canada Labour Code, all federally managed washrooms will be required to provide menstrual products to all employees.”
The guidelines put out by the Government of Canada dictate that menstrual products “must be readily available in all toilet rooms in workplaces controlled by the employer.”
In a separate paragraph, it confirms that “menstrual products must be in all toilet rooms, regardless of their marked genders.”
The regulation continues, “This means that every female-identified, male-identified and all gender toilet rooms will need to have menstrual products.
“Unrestricted access to menstrual products better protects menstruating employees and makes sure that they feel safe to use the toilet room that best reflects their gender.”
The regulation also dictates that “Employers must also make sure a covered container for disposal of menstrual products is provided.
“A disposal container must be placed in each toilet room that has one toilet.”
Canadian Veterans group Veterans 4 Freedom posted a picture on Twitter/X, confirming that the products are available in the men’s room of at least one military installation.
“Why is everyone quitting the CAF?” the caption reads.
Now available in men's washrooms across all Canadian Forces Bases.
"Why is everyone quitting the CAF?" pic.twitter.com/SgxOKxEHZ7
— Veterans 4 Freedom (@Vets4FreeCanada) December 6, 2023
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