• Doug Ford and Dave Bryans
    The OCSA’s Annual Outlook: 2019
    November 30, 2018

    As 2018 comes to a close, I am proud of the many files the OCSA has worked through on behalf of all our members. The OCSA is appreciative of the support we have received from association members, board members, members of the Ontario government, not to mention manufacturer trade and retail associations. We will continue […]

  • Surveillance outside of a Building
    Robbery Prevention Tips
    September 19, 2018

    Robbery and shoplifting are unfortunate realities in our industry but there are ways of mitigating the risks. Below are a handful of tips that all clerks and store owners should be aware of to ensure the safety of all employees and customers. What’s the Difference Between Robbery and Shoplifting? Shoplifting is when a person takes […]

  • OLG Campaigns Available this Summer
    July 26, 2018

    Here are the latest campaigns and promotions available for Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation retailers.

  • Beer in Ontario convenience stores
    Ontario PCs Announce Beer and Wine for Convenience Stores if Elected
    May 22, 2018

    Dave Bryans (CEO of the OCSA) met with Doug Ford last week and  Mr Ford said …’ Dave, help is on way for small business and I am going to give your channel beer very shortly’ and he made the announcement on Friday. Backgrounder – Modernize Beer and Wine Sales Alcohol reform is something long […]

  • Doug Rosencrans of 7-Eleven
    New challenges bring new opportunity for industry
    March 29, 2018

    The convenience store industry is rapidly changing, with unexpected competitors emerging daily and technological advancements front and centre. Speaking to a sold-out audience at this year’s Race Is On Gala, 7-Eleven Canada’s Doug Rosencrans spoke about how now more than ever, retailers need to be flexible and resilient in order to navigate the new conditions, […]

  • Plain packaging graphic
    Plain Packaging Issues
    October 2, 2017

    The Canadian federal government wants to remove all logos, colors, fonts and other stylistic features that let customers know just exactly what tobacco product they are buying. The impact on retailers is huge (security issues, customer service issues, etc). Tobacco products will be easier to counterfeit. In Ontario, every 1 in 3 cigarettes smoked are […]

  • Europe storefront
    Toronto Okays Sidewalk Marketing
    June 10, 2017

    The City of Toronto has agreed to accommodate small businesses by modifying its sidewalk marketing by-law. Now stores will be able to showcase things like fruit and flower out in front of their stores, perfect for the summer months ahead. Below is a transcript of OCSA CEO Dave Bryans’ comments to the Councillors who approved […]

  • A mall during the holidays
    OCSA Opposed To Proposed Stat Holiday By-Law Changes
    June 10, 2017

    The City of Toronto has contemplated changes to the statutory holiday by-law that prohibits the majority of stores from opening on those days. The Retail Business Holidays Act allows convenience stores to serve a vital role in their communities on these nine dates and to build a rapport with customers who may otherwise not be aware of their […]

  • Minimum Wage Increase Will Lead to Fewer Part-Time Jobs
    May 31, 2017

    Ontario’s jump to a $15-dollar minimum wage is out-of-step with economy and puts jobs at risk May 31, 2017 – TORONTO, Ontario – The Government of Ontario’s decision to increase the minimum wage well beyond the rate of inflation will lead to fewer jobs in the convenience sector.  The jump to $15 dollars per hour […]

  • Can rolling papers be displayed in Ontario Convenience stores
    Rolling Papers and Blunts – Can They Be Displayed?
    May 9, 2017

    The OCSA has seen some controversy from certain Public Health Units in Ontario around the interpretation of displaying all types cigarette papers and blunts in plain view of the consumer. Some Public Health Units were ready to fine retailers who had these products on display, so the Ontario Convenience Stores Association went to the Ministry of […]

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