THOROLD, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 29, 2012) - The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) is pleased to recognize the support of the Niagara Regional Council, in passing a motion against contraband tobacco at a Council meeting held Thursday, October 25th. The motion requests that the Regional Council Chair write a letter encouraging the Ontario Minister of Finance to follow through on promises to increase resources in the fight against contraband tobacco.
"The QEW and other major highways serve as key contraband arteries for Niagara region's municipalities," said Dave Bryans, CEO of the Ontario Convenience Stores Association. "There were several major busts in mid-August by the Hamilton/Niagara RCMP, including one that would have supplied two million contraband products to local residents. It is evident that the security and well-being of Niagara residents is of a high priority Regional Councillors, and we would like to thank all the representatives who supported this motion."
Niagara 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.
Niagara Regional Council includes representatives from Fort Erie, Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, West Lincoln, Welland, Lincoln, Port Colborne, Wainfleet, St. Catharines and Thorold.
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.