According to the new results from data, which obtained from the Ontario Ministries of the Attorney General and Health and Long-Term Care, it was observed that Ontario Convenience stores sell inappropriate products like tobacco, lottery tickets, alcohol etc. for younger ages with great responsibility.
The previous year, public health units conducted many pieces of research about the underage sales on the above-mentioned products. The results showed that stores were 95,7 successful at denying sales to those under 19 years old and it also founded that no other retail channel had achieved such high success rates of age verification.
As it seems, the owners of these convenience stores in Ontario, do a responsible job and they are committed to the highest standards in the city. In addition to this, Dave Bryans, Chief executive officer of Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) said that: “The OCSA is very pleased with these latest results and will always stand behind strict enforcement of responsible retailing practices, especially when it comes to age-verification.”
Retailers follow policies and practices in order to ensure that sales of these products are only to adults, which means that all Ontario convenience stores conform to the Retailer Code of Conduct. This also demonstrates to the community and the government that not only the convenience stores but the industry also is serious about age verification. “Our retailers are well-versed in Ontario’s regulations, and are trained in how to properly request ID and what forms of ID are acceptable,” supported Bryans.
The OSCA represents over 7.500 stores located in Ontario and its goal is nothing short of 100% in being responsible community retailers and seeking identification from those who want to buy age-restricted products and appear to be over 25 years old or younger. Therefore, the association doesn’t rest assured but on the contrary aims at the continuous improvement of age verification practices across all the member stores in respect to tobacco, lottery, alcohol, e-cigarettes, and other vaping products.