TORONTO, Aug. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - After remarks made by the Premier that
cast doubt on convenience stores record at checking for age, the
Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) invited Premier McGuinty
to actually visit a member store to see for himself the systems and
training that make convenience stores best at age checks in Ontario.
"Each OCSA member takes their duty to act as a responsible community
retailer very seriously - our stores sell more age restricted products
than any other retailer in this province and collectively perform over
36 million ID checks of minors each year," said OCSA members. "The
Premier's comments that the government-run LCBO, or the foreign- and
privately-owned Beer Store, are the only ones that can be trusted when
selling products like alcohol are just plain wrong. The facts don't
OCSA members were surprised and disappointed at the Premier's comments
which were both wrong and unfair to the established Canadian companies
and successful entrepreneurs who employ 69,000 Ontarians and contribute
$13 billion to the province's economy.
In an independent study conducted last year to test how well the LCBO,
Beer Store and convenience stores perform in denying sales of age
restricted products to minors, a clear picture emerged. When tested
with underage secret shoppers (age 15-18), convenience stores scored
the highest with an 87.3% pass rate, The Beer Store next with 80.7% and
LCBO last with 74.6% - meaning 1 in 4 minors successfully purchased
age-restricted products from LCBO, and 1 in 5 from The Beer Store -
compared to 1 in 8 for convenience stores.
In total, the study tested 105 of the LCBO's 611 stores, 98 of The Beer
Store's 440 stores, and 93 convenience stores. The convenience store
success rate testing for age shown in this Statopex study is consistent
with Health Canada's secret shopping tests of over 300 chain
convenience stores in Ontario each year.
Those are the facts. OCSA members hope that the Premier will take some
time to reconsider his comments and give both corporate Canada and the
many family-run convenience stores across this province who diligently
check for age each day the fair-mindedness and support they deserve.
"We believe the convenience store industry is a great business success
story for Ontario, not only for the communities we serve, but also in
the way we handle age-restricted products," added OCSA members. "We
would be pleased to have the opportunity to demonstrate to Premier
McGuinty the training and systems our member stores have put in place
to ensure that the many types of age restricted products we sell,
including tobacco, lottery tickets and alcohol, are done with the
utmost care and responsibility."
The Ontario Convenience Stores Association is made up of 7,500 of
Ontario's 11,000 convenience stores. Our members are a diverse group
of some of the largest companies in Canada, through to some of the
hardest-working new Canadian families in Ontario.
SOURCE: Ontario Convenience Stores Association
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