MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 16, 2012) - The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) is pleased to recognize the support of Mississauga City Council, in passing a motion against contraband tobacco at their meeting on Wednesday, November 14th. The motion requests that Mayor McCallion write a letter to the Ontario Minister of Finance encouraging the Government of Ontario to follow through on promises to increase resources in the fight against contraband tobacco.
"On August 15, 2012, CBSA officers intercepted a large shipping container in a Mississauga warehouse filled with illegal product. The RCMP said the contraband goods represented tens of millions of dollars in evaded duties and taxes to federal and provincial governments," said Dave Bryans, CEO of the Ontario Convenience Stores Association. "This influx of illegal product would have without a doubt made its way into the hands of Mississauga youth. We would like to thank members of Council for their support-this is a clear sign that your local government places a high priority on public safety."
Mississauga area retailers and members of the OCSA look forward to seeing a reduction of contraband products following the recent commitments in the Ontario budget. "As the government looks to follow through on Budget commitments to stop contraband tobacco, support from all levels of government will be critical in helping protect the safety of our communities, and to ensuring that age-restricted products don't wind up in the hands of Ontario's young people," said Bryans.
The OCSA has been engaging municipalities throughout Ontario in its anti-contraband tobacco campaign for over 6 months. To date, over 40 municipalities throughout the province have passed supportive motions.
The OCSA represents more than 7,000 convenience store operators throughout the province who are committed to Responsible Community Retailing. More than 3 million people visit convenience stores in communities across Ontario every day.