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A private member’s bill was introduced today to assign the week before Labour Day as Convenience Store Week in Ontario by MPP Stan Cho.

The Convenience Industry Council of Canada (CICC) thanks Cho for recognizing their important role during the pandemic.

"COVID-19 has underscored the essential and convenient role of our stores. During the pandemic, our employees have worked around the clock to ensure Ontarians have access to daily necessities and goods. This posed both challenges and costs to our businesses, but we stepped up to the plate,” says Anne Kothawala, president and chief executive officer of CICC.

“While we have been able to stay open, the outlook for our stores is uncertain. Sales and foot traffic are down, while operating costs are up,” adds Kothawala.

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