Canadian Movie Ratings: Ontario
Responsible for regulating cinema to the largest portion of Canadians, the Ontario Film Review Board relies on a large panel of up to 32 people to provide Ontario's movie ratings. Sitting in panels of 3, all board members are considered to be part-time film classifiers.
Ontario movie ratings are determined using the following system:
|G||Film appropriate for viewing by a person of any age.|
|PG||Parents should exercise discretion in permitting a child to view the film.|
|14A||Persons younger than 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.|
|18A||Persons younger than 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.|
|R||Film restricted to persons 18 years of age or older.|
One of the more unusual activities of the Ontario board is their twice-monthly screenings where they invite a group of people to watch the movie along with the classifiers. After the movie is over, the classifiers head into another room to deliberate their decision. Then the 3 person board returns to share their rating and reasoning with the audience.
The chair hopes activities like these will keep their board current and abreast of societal attitudes as they apply Ontario movie ratings to both theatrical and video releases.
For a detailed listing of what content elements are included in the various Ontario ratings, check this PDF document.
Ontario Film Review Board
Chair, Janet Robinson
1075 Millwood Road
Toll free (Ontario only): 800-268-6024
Fax: (416) 314-3632