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  • Voluntary Recall In Place For Some Smokeless Tobacco Products
    February 13, 2017

    The NSTC is suggesting retailers voluntarily recall smokeless tobacco products with specific ID numbers.

  • Milano Italy coffee and food expo
    Host Milano – Italy – Equipment, Coffee and Food Expo
    January 3, 2017

    Host Milano is the favourite destination of top players for offering a preview of innovations in technologies in food equipment, food products (ingredients, semi-prepared items), the world of coffee as well as in terms of formats, design and lifestyle. It is also a unique marketplace for doing quality international business with professionals who have been carefully selected […]

  • The OCSA’s Recommendations for Canada’s Plain Packaging Initiative
    October 13, 2016

    The OCSA represents over 6,000 Ontario family run convenience stores in every community. Tobacco is our largest customer category; representing 40-60% of daily sales. Convenience stores have a high reliance on tobacco sales as we sell 95% of all tobacco in Ontario and speed of service is an expectation of all customers. Our industry wants to work with […]

  • Toronto’s Potential Parking Space Levy Reaches Council
    October 11, 2016

    A proposed parking spot levy for Toronto could generate millions of dollars for the city. According to KPMG estimates, even $1 per day applied across each commercial spot could net upwards of $383 million. Alternatively, a 5% parking sales tax could yield $32.8 million if given the greenlight. The proposition was initially put forth last December by […]

  • Energy Drinks: Local Regulations with Big Implications
    October 11, 2016

    Since their introduction into the marketplace over a decade ago, energy drinks have been a vibrant category, drawing the attention of convenience store patrons through unique marketing and robust products. Based on a high price point and increasing popularity, energy drinks are a profitable category for store owners. With about the same amount of caffeine […]

  • 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

  • Canada Post Increases Prices Of Stamps
    March 25, 2014

    Canada Post announced an increase of stamps to $1.00.  For customers wishing to buy stamps in booklets or coils, the new cost will be $0.85. These measures were required given declining volume of mail.

  • 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, […]

  • Changes in the Smoke Free Tobacco Act in Ontario
    November 14, 2013

    The Minister of Health made announcements today concerning changes to the Smoke Free Tobacco Act in Ontario and below please find the highlights of this announcement as well as link to the announcement and the OCSA press release of late today. We will have the opportunity to meet with various MPP’s and present options as […]

  • 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 […]

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