OCS offers free delivery to qualifying customers due to COVID-19

Published Sep 21, 2020 12:00 p.m. ET
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COVID-19 has caused a great deal of damage to consumers by leaving them feeling exposed and unsafe when shopping in person, but if you reside in a covered region within Ontario, OCS might be the solution. Unfortunately, most dispensaries in this area are no longer allowed to offer alternative means such as delivery, as this feature is something that the provincially owned and operated store has a monopoly on, but until recently, they’re charging quite handsomely to do it.

OCS has recognized the challenges that its customers are facing with the pandemic, closures, mass levels of unemployment, and stress, and to help, the company is now offering free delivery to anyone who resides in their covered areas. The only downside is that many cities aren’t set up to offer same-day or express deliveries, so if you’re hoping to take advantage of this generous offer, it’s important to see if you qualify, as regular mail can take several days to arrive.

Same-day and Express services

OCS plans to expand its offering area to include several other regions soon but for now, these are the cities that can take advantage of the fast and free cannabis delivery services. Same day allows for really speedy delivery in under 24 hours, and Express will be brought to your door in 3 days or less.

Peterborough: Express only

Clearview township: Express only

Niagara Falls: Express only

St. Catharines: Express only

Welland: Express only

Ajax: Both same-day and express

Aurora: Both same-day and express

Barrie: Express only

Belleville: Express only

Brampton: Both same-day and express

Bowmanville: Express only

Brantford: Both same-day and express

Burlington: Both same-day and express

Brockville: Express only

Cambridge: Express only

Collingwood: Express only

Courtice: Express only

Georgetown: Both same-day and express

Guelph: Express only

Hamilton: Both same-day and express

Innisville: Express only

Kingston: Express only

Kitchener: Express only

Markham: Both same-day and express

Milton: Both same-day and express

Mississauga: Both same-day and express

Newmarket: Both same-day and express

Oakville: Both same-day and express

Orillia: Express only

Oshawa: Both same-day and express

Ottawa: Express only

Pickering: Both same-day and express

Richmond Hill: Both same-day and express

Thornhill: Both same-day and express

Vaughan: Both same-day and express

Wasaga Beach: Express only

Waterloo: Express only

Whitby: Both same-day and express

If you reside outside of these cities, then you may have to pay a small fee for the processing of your order, but OCS is working to make all of their products and services more affordable and easier for consumers to access safely, so there are new savings and benefits to be had even if you don’t qualify for absolutely free delivery.

Why this is such a great thing

As the region continues to see an upswing in new COVID-19 cases, it is more important than ever that we work together to slow the spread of the illness. Offering something as simple as delivery in times like these helps to keep everyone from the dispensary workers to their consumers safe and healthy while providing an essential service that so many people rely on. Though some might argue that these fees should have been waved long before we faced such hardships, it’s a positive move that is being praised as a lifesaver for many Ontarians.

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