In a letter to Ontario's MPPs, the Ontario Convenience Stores Association encouraged political leaders from all parties to show up in support of the province's first official Ontario Convenience Store Week.
On May 20, Royal Assent was given to Willowdale MPP Stan Cho’s private member’s Bill in the Ontario legislature that would proclaim the week before Labour Day each year as Ontario Convenience Store Week.
The Convenience Store Week Act, 2021 recognizes and celebrated the hard-working individuals who work in Ontario’s 8,500 convenience stores and the essential service they have provided during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year, Ontario Convenience Store Week takes place Saturday August 28 to September 4.
OCSA CEO Dave Bryans says one way for MPPs to show their appreciation for convenience stores and the hard working families is by showing up for those who show up every day to serve their communities.
"Did you know that over 70% of all Convenience stores are still run by independents who serve over 3 million customers a day in the province and offer convenience, speedy and friendly customer service. We also sell 80% of all OLG lottery products while collecting over $3 billion dollars a year for the government," Bryans wrote, adding: "We invite all MPP's to make a point and stop in any local family run convenience store during this dedicated week for some photos and maybe even work alongside these families for an hour serving your constituents."
As part of the celebrations and in the spirit of giving back, OCSA is inviting its members (family run and independent convenience stores across the province) to help raise funds for the four Children’s Foundation Hospitals in Ontario.
- CHEO in Ottawa
- Children’s Hospital in London
- McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton
- Toronto Sick Kids Hospital
This is the third year for the fundraising initiative in support of the hospitals. Last year, the event went virtual, due to pandemic restrictions.
There is still time to get involved in 2021: Find out how.