Canadian Movie Ratings:
During the World War I era, the censor of the province of Nova Scotia was equipped with a "citizen's advisory board" whereby he could decide what films were acceptable for public exhibition in the province. Those initial fears of undue political influence in movies changed with the advent of sound. In the decades that followed, the hardened process of simply accepting or rejecting movies was replaced by razor blades, where segments deemed as unacceptable were removed from the film.
Moving into the late 20th century, the word "censor" began to have a negative connotation. Thus, the Nova Scotia board began a classification system that focused on advising the public about the nature of a film as opposed to editing. Eventually, the provinces of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island would also adopt Nova Scotia's movie ratings, which are often referred to as "Maritime movie ratings."
Now part of the Nova Scotia Alcohol and Gaming Authority, the province's Film Classification System uses the following symbols:
|G||Considered to be suitable for all ages. No restrictions on viewing. The material does not contain elements that might be too intense or offensive for young viewers.|
|PG||All ages may attend. However, parents should know that the theme or content of the film may be more mature than in "G" rated films. It may be appropriate for those 12 years of age and over.|
|14A||Considered to be suitable for those 14 years of age and older. Those under 14 must be escorted by an adult. A film with this rating may contain: scenes of limited violence; the use of weapons without excessive blood-letting; restrained portrayal of accident or disaster; scenes of casual or brief nudity, romantic involvement that is not sexually explicit, where participants are at least partially clothed; some coarse or vulgar language.|
|18A||Considered to be suitable for those 18 years of age or older. Those under 18 must be escorted by a parent or legal guardian. Films with this rating may contain: excessive use of foul or offensive language; depictions of extreme violence and horror; graphic sexual activity.|
|XXX||Restricted to those 18 years of age or older. These films contain: sexually explicit scenes; graphically or excessively violent scenes.|
|E||These videos have not been viewed by the Authority. They may include children's cartoons, travelogues, instructional videos, athletic events and cultural, industrial, religious or political material.|
The Nova Scotia office provides movie ratings for all Canadian Maritime provinces, including video ratings for videocassettes available for rental or purchase.
Note that Newfoundland theatres and video store operators are not required by legislation to use ratings assigned by the Nova Scotia office.