May 13, 2015
By Michael Kramer
The government of Ontario says it’s high time that film ratings were consistent – across the country.
The province is creating the Ontario Film Authority – incorporating the duties of the Film Review Board to classify – but not censor – every movie before it can be seen in movie theatres.
Consumer Services Minister David Orazietti says he’d also like to consult with other provinces – about creating similar rating standards across the land.
Ontario and Quebec have their own film ratings systems – while most other provinces use a classification from central Canada or from the U.S. – where the classification process is voluntary.
Popular movies like “The Hunger Games” were rated differently in all three jurisdictions: it got an”all-ages G” in Quebec, a “14A” in Ontario (meaning kids 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult) and a “PG13” in the U.S.