New Ontario Film Authority to Oversee Classification and Theatres
Province Continuing to Support Film and Theatre Industry
Starting October 1, 2015, the Ontario Film Authority (OFA) will administer the Film Classification Act in Ontario and will be responsible for licensing theatres and for overseeing the operations of the Ontario Film Review Board.
Established as a self-funded, independent Delegated Administrative Authority (DAA), the OFA will:
- Offer the convenience of a single point of contact for the film and theatre industry
- Have more effective and efficient service delivery and enforcement
- Reduce the regulatory burden on the film sector and businesses
Supporting the film and theatre industry is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- The Ontario Film Authority will be located at 4950 Yonge Street in Toronto.
- Films (e.g., movies, videos, DVDs) distributed or screened in Ontario must be classified by the Ontario Film Review Board.
- The province’s film classification system has five categories: G, PG, 14A, 18A and R.
- Ontario’s first film-review entity was the Ontario Censor Board, appointed by the province in 1911 with three members.
- DAAs are organizations created and overseen by the government that are responsible for enforcing a number of Ontario’s consumer protection and public safety laws, investigating alleged violations and handling complaints.
- The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services has a proven 17-year track record of effectively delivering programs using the DAA model and is responsible for a number of other administrative authorities including travel, real estate, motor vehicles and electrical and technical safety.
“Our government is committed to supporting the film and theatre industry, and the creation of the Ontario Film Authority will help the government fulfill this responsibility while delivering programs more effectively and efficiently. Ontario families can continue to rely on our film classification system to help them make informed decisions on movies.”