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  • OCSA age testing with phone and biometrics
    Successful Pilot of Digital Age Verification
    January 20, 2022

    The OCSA in partnership with Liquid Avatar are proud to announce the successful completion of an end-to-end, live working test of the Smart Age program. The Smart Age program provides digital age verification, supported with biometric authentication for restricted product sales like lottery tickets, tobacco, alcohol and other goods and services through a mobile device […]

  • Gas Theft Issues – Protect Your Business & Get Involved
    July 8, 2022

    The OCSA has worked closely with the Ontario Association of Police Chiefs to encourage the government to act on this industry issue and will continue to advocate for prepay for gas at all self serve islands while allowing for stations to offer full service to customers where an attendant can guarantee no gas thefts. Gas […]

  • 2022 Ontario budget - contraband tobacco
    2022 Ontario Budget – Addressing Unregulated Tobacco
    May 3, 2022

    The Ontario government has been engaging a variety of industry, retail and public health stakeholders and Indigenous partners on the issue of unregulated tobacco. In addition, two independent Indigenous facilitators have submitted a report to the government summarizing their engagement with First Nations. The facilitators’ work highlights the importance of the tobacco economy for First […]

  • Convenience Store Distribution Challenges 2022
    March 28, 2022

    Independents are continually expressing their frustrations with the full-service distribution channel in Ontario. The past few months has been a real challenge for thousands of convenience stores to source the daily needs of many products for their local and loyal customers. At times independent stores are left to fend for themselves while full-service wholesalers ensure […]

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