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Energy Drinks in Canada - What are they for? Who are they for?

In Canada, energy drinks are assessed and licensed under Health Canada’s Natural Health Products Regulations. Energy drinks are formulated and labelled to meet the requirements of the Regulation.

Information sheet on Energy Drinks

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Saskatchewan Liquor Policy Review

The Western Convenience Stores Association is pleased to respond to the discussion paper recently released by the Government of Saskatchewan entitled, Future Options for Liquor Retailing in Saskatchewan.

We believe – as do many of our customers – that the modernization of liquor retailing in many jurisdictions across Canada is long overdue. We believe that changes can be made that can [...]

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Convenience Stores Proactively Release Retailer Best Practice Recommendations on the Sale of E-Cigarettes

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 26, 2014) - The Canadian Convenience Stores Association (CCSA) today released its retailer best practice recommendations for the sale of non-nicotine electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). The Association is also asking health officials at all levels of government to consult with retailers in the development of future e-cigarette [...]

News Articles

Illegal Tobacco Study, British Columbia May 2014


Convenience store owners and operators across Western Canada have begun to express growing concern regarding the increase in the sales of contraband tobacco and the resulting impact on their businesses, including the loss of ancillary product sales. But the scourge of contraband tobacco goes beyond the impact of your neighbourhood corner store. Government [...]

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The WCSA's Submission for British Columbia's Liquor Policy Review

It’s time for BC corner stores to carry beer and wine. Here are just some of the reasons why:

· It will create new investment in the province, and jobs.
· It will support local brewers and vintners.
· B.C. convenience stores have the best record nationally for age testing according to Health Canada (even better than government liquor stores).
· B.C [...]