05/28/2015 02:44 EDT | Updated 05/28/2016 05:59 EDT

'Tampon tax' will end July 1

The federal government is nixing the GST on feminine hygiene products, including tampons, starting July 1.

The government tabled the change in a way and means motion on Thursday. The move comes much sooner than initially expected, as the Conservatives initially said it would be addressed in a future budget.

In addition to tampons, the change will include sanitary napkins, sanitary belts and menstrual cups.

Many have long complained it was a tax that unfairly targeted women.

The government supported an NDP motion earlier this month to drop the tax, but was non-committal on when the change could occur.

More to come