SUDBURY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 11, 2012) - The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) is pleased to recognize the work and support of all members of the Greater Sudbury City Council in passing a motion against contraband tobacco at a City Council meeting held Tuesday, July 10th. The motion requests that the Mayor of Greater Sudbury write a letter encouraging the Ontario Minister of Finance to follow through on promises to increase resources in the fight against contraband tobacco.
"The Greater Sudbury area is a key contraband trafficking route with numerous recent seizures by local OPP and RCMP detachments who have been working hard to eradicate this problem," said Dave Bryans, CEO of the Ontario Convenience Stores Association.
Illegal tobacco may not affect municipalities from a revenue perspective, but from a public safety and public health perspective, communities across Ontario are vocalizing their concerns on what's become a major issue across the province. "We would like to applaud Councillor Frances Caldarelli for taking the lead on this initiative and also recognize her Council colleagues who supported its passage. The OCSA will continue to offer its support to any and all municipalities that wish to join the fight against contraband tobacco."
Greater Sudbury area retailers and local members of the OCSA submitted a petition with support of a variety of business owners who are currently being affected by the illegal tobacco trade. Members of the OCSA look forward to seeing a reduction of contraband products following the recent commitments in the Ontario budget. "As the provincial 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," said Bryans.
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.