This week marks the first official Convenience Store Week in Ontario, following Bill 262 receiving royal assent in May 2021. Throughout the pandemic, the convenience store sector has become even more important to local communities as they provide the daily necessities Ontarians need. Their dedicated employees work around the clock to ensure their stores are open when customers do not have access to other retail options. We encourage you to share these messages and social content throughout the week.
- Convenience stores are an important part of our economy and our communities.
- The 78,000 hard-working employees in the convenience store industry have been on the frontlines of the pandemic working around the clock to ensure their shelves are well stocked, and stores are clean and safe.
- Thanks to their efforts remote and rural communities were able to access fresh food and daily necessities, and front-line workers and other essential workers were able to access essential items regardless of when they worked.
- That is why in May, we passed the Convenience Store Week Act, 2021, and established a seven-day period each year ending on the Saturday before Labour Day as Convenience Store Week to recognize the important role of convenience stores.
- This Convenience Store Week let’s celebrate all the hard-working employees in the industry and everything they do to keep our communities safe and healthy.
- We encourage everyone to drop by their local convenience store to say thank you and do their part to support local.