Canada's Labour Minister Filomena Tassi was informed that the initiative of free tampons and pads in the workforce could cost more than $1 million annually in order to become a reality for female employees.
Tassi was told that the estimate cost of the free tampons and pads initiative would cost employers $1.17 million. In the event there is a 100-percent take up rate by the government, the cost might be closer to $2.3 million, according to The Canadian Press.
Tassi has stated that officials had conversations with experts about the pros and cons regarding the initiative. Officials wrote an estimate to Tassi that 40 percent of Canadian employees use tampons and pads.
"Menstrual products are a basic need for many Canadians, however they are often not treated as such," Tassi said in a statement. "Simply put, menstruation is a fact of life, and part of supporting the health and safety of employees."
Federal labour officials have been educated on the repeated concerns woman have faced at work about a lack of menstrual products. Some of the concerns included hygiene and health issues, as well as employees avoiding work due to the stigma that surrounds menstruation cycles.