• Bill 45 – Menthol Flavour Ban in Tobacco Products
    April 20, 2015

    On Monday, April 20th at 5:15 pm the CEO of the Ontario Convenience Stores Association spoke to the Standing Committee on General Government regarding Bill 45. Bill 45 has three components: Menu Labeling Ban on Menthol Tobacco Vapour and E-Cigarette   Below is is a copy of the presentation that Mr. Bryans delivered to the […]

  • Stop the Menthol Ban in Ontario
    February 18, 2015

      A recent survey commissioned by the Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) reveals almost half of Ontario smokers would purchase untaxed, illegal tobacco products if the government were to ban their product of choice. This is causing alarm for retailers who are worried the Ontario government’s proposed menthol tobacco ban will send their customers to […]

  • Thousands Ask Premier Not to Raise Taxes, Correct Illegal Tobacco
    April 15, 2014

    TORONTO (April 15th, 2014) –Over 20,000 Ontario voters have asked Premier Kathleen Wynne not to raise taxes on legal tobacco products in the 2014 budget, because of the impact this would have on contraband tobacco. The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) launched the “Act Now” postcard campaign one month ago, to educate consumers on the […]

  • Educate Yourself on the Impact of Contraband Tobacco
    April 7, 2014

    Government needs to be responsible. Government needs to solve contraband tobacco. Visit for more information.

  • Crime Stoppers Contraband Campaign
    March 25, 2014

    Toronto Crime Stopper launched a contraband awareness campaign to help protect communities from the distribution of illegal untaxed tobacco and other products.  Please click on the following link to view the campaign poster.  Toronto Crime Stoppers

  • CRA – Tobacco Tax Increase
    February 13, 2014

    Federal Tobacco Tax Increase: CRA Communiacation On February 11, 2014, the Government of Canada announced in its Budget, proposals to amend the Excise Act, 2001 to increase the excise duty rates on tobacco products and to impose a tax on stamped duty-paid cigarettes held in inventory at 12:01am on February 12, 2014. For more information, […]

  • Shocking Contraband Butt Study Results
    December 9, 2013

    The Ontario Convenience Store Association, the OCSA,  released an updated study of contraband cigarette butts found in random locations. Research firm NIRIC identified 136 sites in Ontario where people smoked, including outside hospitals, schools, casinos, government offices, shopping centres and GO Train and other public transit stops.  NIRIC swept up cigarette butts and then sent them […]

  • Ontario’s Tobacco Strategy
    November 11, 2013

    In the 2013 Budget, the government reaffirmed its commitment to the Smoke- Free Ontario Strategy aimed at protecting the health of Ontarians from tobacco use. Ontario is determined to have the lowest smoking rates in Canada and to reduce the supply of low-cost, illegal tobacco available to young people. Building stronger partnerships with First Nation […]

  • OCSA Lobby Day at Queen’s Park
    November 6, 2013

    The Ontario Convenience Stores Association hosted a very successful lobby day at Queen’s Park on Wednesday, October 30th. Retailers from across the province had one-on-one meetings with over 32 MPPs to discuss key issues the convenience store sector faces in Ontario.  The four areas addressed were:  contraband tobacco, the ability to sell beer and wine […]

  • MPP Statement on Contraband
    November 5, 2013

    As a result of the OCSA Lobby Day where we discussed contraband tobacco with all 32 MPP’s on the day, MPP Vic Fedeli of Nippissing contacted North Bay and asked for a copy of the resolution sent to Queen’s Park. Today MPP Fedeli read a member statement in the house about contraband tobacco ask he […]

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