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Retailer Action Needed on Proposed Plain Packaging Regulations

On May 23, 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. Now the federal government has issued draft rules regarding the implementation of plain tobacco packaging. The big surprise in the draft rules is the inclusion of standardized packaging in addition to [...]

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Labour Market Study Phase 2 is Complete

In recent years, convenience store employers from across the industry have reported experiencing labour shortages that are negatively impacting their businesses. The Western Convenience Stores Association, through the five phases of the Sector Labour Market Partnerships (SLMP) Program, is aiming to better understand and respond to [...]

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Recommended Practice for Selling Cannabis Accessories and Paraphernalia

There are many questions being raised about the sale of cannabis-related products in Canada. The purpose of this article is to clarify for convenience store retailers the current legal environment regarding these products and to identify what the Western Convenience Stores Association (WCSA) recommends as best practices regarding their sale.

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Convenience Stores Key to the Successful Legalization of Cannabis

In July 2018, the federal government will legalize the production and distribution of cannabis. Between now and then, the provinces and territories will have to decide how to adapt to this legislation.

Whether or not one agrees with legalization, everyone can agree that when it happens, the systems that the provinces put in place should promote the goals of legalization that, if [...]

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Convenience Stores raise $82,500 for Children's Wish Foundation

This year, the Canadian Convenience Stores Association (CCSA) was proud to present a cheque for $82,500 to the Children’s Wish Foundation, which was raised during the first National Convenience Store Day.

Convenience Store Day was launched in Atlantic Canada in 2012. This year [...]