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The City will offer up to $50 per year to eligible people starting next May.

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Laval will subsidize other hygiene products

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With its new green subsidy, Laval hopes to divert tons of waste from the landfill.

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After reusable diapers for babies, Laval will invest $50,000 in 2024 to subsidize the purchase of reusable incontinence pants for adults and menstrual products. By going further than other municipalities in this regard, it hopes to divert tons of waste from the landfill.

Starting in May, Laval residents will be able to get up to $50 per year for the purchase of these products.

By now Taking into account the lifespan of reusable products, the City estimates that every $279 in grant awarded for durable incontinence pants will prevent a ton of waste. This amount rises to $4,150 per ton for menstrual products.

This is not the measure that reduces the most GHG [emissions] per dollar invested. On the other hand, it has a big impact on landfilling.

A quote from Stéphane Boyer, mayor of Laval

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Financial assistance for the purchase of baby diapers as well as menstrual products exists in dozens of municipalities throughout Quebec. It ranges between $50 and $180 per person per year, depending on the case.

In Montreal, 17 of the 19 boroughs offer this financial boost, but only nine of them have extended the subsidy to seniors.

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It's a way for us to help two populations: women, who, by their physiognomy , pay more, and the elderly.

A quote from Stéphane Boyer, mayor of Laval

In Laval, it is estimated that the number of elderly people will double by 2040, from 25,000 to 50,000. Often, when we reach retirement, the income is not indexed and not everyone has a significant retirement fund, underlines the mayor.

The City will evaluate the enthusiasm for this new green subsidy program and promises to adjust the focus if necessary in 2025.

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