On Monday March 25, OCSA’s President, Kenny Shim, and Executive Director, Donna Montminy, were invited by the Honourable Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance, to attend the Ontario Government’s 2024 budget announcement.

Of importance to the Ontario Convenience Stores Association, is the Modernization of the Tobacco Tax Act.  In particular, the increasing fines to those who distribute, sell and purchase contraband tobacco.

  • Modernizing fines and offences to provide flexibility and focus on high risk offenders.
  • Enhancing enforcement through new tobacco inspection partnerships.
  • Leveraging police partnerships by increasing promotion of the MOF hotline.
  • Increase police training on the tobacco Tobacco Tax Act.
  • Continuing a close partnership with the OPP to enhance the effectiveness of the Contraband Tobacco Enforcement Team.

“As a retailer of legal tobacco products, I wholeheartedly welcome the new legislation aimed at combating the underground trade of contraband tobacco. The modernization of fines and targeted focus on high-risk offenders promise to create a more equitable marketplace for law-abiding businesses like ours.”

~ Kenny Shim, President Ontario Convenience Stores Association / OKBA

Read full release from the Government of Ontario