• Bill 36 Ontario Vaping Regulations
    October 18, 2018

    The Ontario government has come out with regulations on the selling of vape products in convenience stores (October 18, 2018) The regulations have banned the display of vape products on the counter and back wall and they must be hidden from view (like tobacco) but will be allowed to promote and communicate the product benefits […]

  • Ontario convenience stores best at age testing
    Ontario Convenience Stores Pass Government Age-Check Inspections With 95.7% Success Rate
    October 4, 2018

    New results from data obtained from the Ontario Ministries of the Attorney General and Health and Long-Term Care show that Ontario convenience stores consistently sell age-restricted products like tobacco, lottery tickets, alcohol, and vaping products responsibly. In 2017, 19,822 mystery shopping checks were conducted by public health units in support of the Smoke Free Ontario […]

  • OCSA Welcomes JUUL to Canada
    August 30, 2018

    August 30, 2018 The Ontario Convenience Stores Association is pleased to welcome JUUL Labs as its newest associate member. JUUL Labs is a technology company dedicated to eliminating cigarettes by offering existing adult smokers an alternative to combustible cigarettes. Their product, JUUL, is a closed-pod nicotine vaping system, which will be available for purchase in […]

  • Circle K celebrates Convenience Store Day
    C-Store Day Returns to Raise Funds for Charity
    July 16, 2018

    The OCSA was presented a plaque from Children’s Wish Foundation for its role in last summer’s C-Store Day. The event held on August 30, 2017 raised $82,000 to be donated to the organization. At this year’s event, on August 29, we hope to break the $100,000 mark throughout Canada as Ontario convenience store once again […]

  • 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 […]

  • 7-Eleven healthy food options
    7-Eleven Canada to give Consumers more Nutrition Information
    October 13, 2017

    7-Eleven Boosts the Informed Dining Program by 600 Locations October 11, 2017 – Vancouver, B.C. – 7-Eleven Canada is making it easier for customers to make informed purchasing choices. Today, 7-Eleven joins the B.C. government’s Informed Dining program, adding 600 participating locations across Canada. 7-Eleven customers will have in-store access to information on calories, sodium and […]

  • Independent convenience store
    Convenience Retailers concerned with effect of Ontario Labour Changes on Community Stores and Part-time Jobs
    September 12, 2017

    In a new member survey published this week, the Ontario Convenience Store Association (OCSA) found widespread concern among retailers about the unintended consequences resulting from Ontario’s surprise minimum wage increase, as well as other proposed labour changes. As a result of the legislation introduced by the Government of Ontario earlier this year, 83 per cent […]

  • Costco Business centre Ontario
    First in Canada: Costco Wholesale Business Centre Opens
    April 6, 2017

    Unique concept benefits businesses of all sizes, from retailers to restaurants to offices. Scarborough, ON – Costco Wholesale today opened its first Canadian Business Centre in Scarborough, located at 50 Thermos Rd. in the Warden-Eglinton area. The Costco Wholesale Business Centre concept is new to Canada.  The location is vastly different from any current Costco […]

  • Celebrating Our Neighbourhood Corner Stores
    April 6, 2017

    Convenience Stories We found this great story over at about a video project focusing on the different convenience stores in Toronto. Stina Dios is a student at OCAD who found the stories behind each of the convenience stores that she entered and she wanted to share them with everyone. About her project….  A collection […]

  • Plain packaging laws in Canada
    Plain Packaging May Not Be Best Option
    February 15, 2017

    Proposed changes to the packaging of tobacco products could have a direct impact on convenience stores throughout Canada. Recently, JTI-Macdonald Corp. Vice President Simon Grenier has penned a letter discussing why plain packaging may not have the positive impact that some officials believe it will. In fact, the downside of such regulation are significant in […]

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