• OCSA Covid19
    Convenience Stores Commitment to Support during COVID 19
    October 5, 2020

    Independent Convenience stores (over 6,000) throughout Ontario were declared an essential service during the height of COVID and over 95% remained open to serve customers needs in every community. Some highlights: A)   In store sales increased 30-38% during the 4 month period. B)   C Stores sold 85% of all OLG lottery products (up from 74%) […]

  • OCSA recommendations to the Ontario Ministry of Finance
    Ontario Economic Development & Finance Committee Meetings
    October 5, 2020

    The OCSA has formally met with the Ministry of Economic Development committee as well as presented to the Pre budget committee the three priorities of the C store industry: A) 2 % increase in lottery commissions for all retailers to help offset the costs of business during COVID 19. B) Move ahead (as promised) with […]

  • OCSA Covid-19 age testing
    Mystery Shopping Returns Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
    October 3, 2020

    A total of 34 local public health units have once again started to conduct underage mystery shop programs in convenience stores so it is important that we remind our employees of our responsibility to ensure strict age-testing procedures even during the COVID-19 pandemic with required face coverings now the new norm. Below are steps that […]

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