Did you know that Canadians are paying GST on menstrual hygiene products?
According to the Government of Canada all menstrual hygiene products are considered a non-essential item or luxury. To add insult to injury, items like incontinence products, cocktail cherries, and wedding cakes are not subject to GST.
But we all know that buying menstruation products is not optional. They are an essential part of a normal, public life for people with periods. A small tax adds up when combined with the systemic challenges many women, trans people, genderqueer people, and other menstruators face in terms of their income, housing, and economic stability.
Member of Parliament Irene Mathyssen introduced Bill C-282, An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act (feminine hygiene products), on October 16, 2013. On January 26, we started an online petition to support Bill C-282 and end this discriminatory tax.
We have reached our goal of collecting 50,000 online signatures and it's now time to bring this campaign to the next level.
Help us tell the government they are cramping our style
We want to create a high-quality, short video to encourage Canadian menstruators and allies to print, sign and send in hard copies of the petition so that we can table it in the House of Commons.
- We need $3,000 to create a video with a professional crew (Wild Run Productions) volunteering their time.
- If we were to raise $7,000 we would be able to pay for everyone's labour — not to mention feed everyone during the shoot.
- Any funds raised over $9,000 will be used to further promote this important campaign. We would be able to expand our reach with social media ads, outreach and networking events, and we could try to put our campaign on TV.
The creative energy is already flowing
Campaign Gears, has generously agreed to head up this video project so that we can make sure all Canadians hear about this discriminatory tax and learn how to remove it. They know how to make campaigns win — so we are very excited about this partnership.
They will be teaming with Wildrun Productions, a progressive film production company, to make a video that will raise awareness about the importance of printing, signing and mailing in hard copies of the petition.
Two amazing writers and comedians, Jess Beaulieu and Natalie Norman, hosts of the comedy podcast The Crimson Wave, have written a hilarious script.
It's that time of the month for Canadian menstruators voices to be heard. Please help us tell the government we are essential.
Risks and challenges
We are excited to say we will be filming the video at Toronto's own The Sweet Potato.
Looking forward to working with their great team.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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