The government of Ontario officially ended the banning of motion pictures on Monday with the introduction of the Film Classification Act.

The new law removes the Ontario Film Review Board's power to ban movies from the province.

The law is being introduced more than a year after a ruling from the Ontario Superior Court that deemed the board's powers unconstitutional.

From now on, the board will be able only to apply classifications to films – from G (general) for films that anyone can see, to R (restricted) for those only Ontarians aged 18 years or older can see.

If the board suspects a movie breaches obscenity laws, the board will pass it to police, who will determine if charges under the Criminal Code are warranted.

CBC Arts: Ontario ends banning of films


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