Contraband

  • Cigarettes
    Ministry Consulting OCSA on Unregulated Tobacco
    January 20, 2020

    The Ministry of Finance is consulting on addressing unregulated tobacco in Ontario. The OCSA will be participating in round tables and providing recommendations to the Ministry of Finance  on ways to address illegal tobacco issues in Ontario. The OCSA estimates that over one third of cigarette sales are unregulated and do not comply with federal […]

  • contraband cigarette smoking
    Tobacco Tax Freeze Heading Into 2019
    November 22, 2018

    The OCSA has been actively working with the provincial government to address the issue of contraband tobacco. As we have discussed in the past, one of the key reasons contraband flourishes is due to high tobacco taxes. For this reason, the OCSA greatly appreciates the Ontario government recognizing this issue and halting the proposed $4.00 […]

  • Plain Packaging Bill S-5
    Retailer Action Needed on Bill S-5
    September 28, 2018

    On May 23rd, 2018, Bill S-5, An Act to Amend the Tobacco Act and the Non-Smokers Health Act became law, laying the groundwork for plain packaging and other standardization measures. Convenience stores operate a legal, respected and trusted business that serves and employs people from the community. It’s time to speak up and be heard: […]

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