We are a coalition of convenience store owners led by the Ontario Korean Businessmen’s Association (OKBA), the largest organization of independent convenience stores in Ontario.
Our members are primarily hard-working new Canadians who have invested their life savings into their business and who work seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. Many came to Canada to build a better life for their families, but the dream of owning a business is fading because of harmful policies enacted by successive provincial governments in Ontario since 2003.
This campaign originated in the fall of 2017, prior to the Ontario provincial election of June 2018. During the lead up to election and during the campaign we had conversations with candidates and representatives of every party, in an attempt to communicate our concerns on what issues most negatively impact our store owners. We were inspired by the focus the new Ford government has placed on small business. We remain hopeful that in time the business environment in Ontario will improve so that our members can successfully make a living by owning and operating their stores. Some promising initiatives have been announced by Ontario’s new government, but much more is needed. This campaign will continue to advocate on issues impacting our members and other independent convenience stores in Ontario. Working together we want to Save Our Stores for the benefit of all Ontarians.
An initiative supported by the Ontario Korean Businessmen’s Association – OKBA.