TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 18, 2013) - The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) is pleased to recognize the support of all members of the Toronto City Council, in unanimously passing a motion against contraband tobacco at a City Council meeting held Thursday, July 18th. The motion requests that City Council write a letter encouraging the Ontario Minister of Finance to follow through on promises to increase resources in the fight against contraband tobacco.
"Contraband tobacco poses a serious public safety threat to communities across the province, including Toronto," said Dave Bryans, CEO of the Ontario Convenience Stores Association. "A major trafficking route for contraband tobacco in Ontario continues to be Highway 401. All cities lining that highway remain vulnerable to the public safety issues emerging from this illegal industry."
The OCSA would specifically like to thank Councillor Gary Crawford (Ward 36, Scarborough Southwest) for his leadership in bringing this forward as a Member's Motion. OCSA also extends their appreciation to Councillor Raymond Cho (Ward 42, Scarborough-Rouge River) for his support of the motion.
Toronto 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.
With the support of Toronto City Council, over ninety percent (90%) of Ontario's population are represented by councils who have passed motions encouraging further action on contraband tobacco.
The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (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.