Film and Video Classification Act

The Film and Video Classification Act is the legislation that defines the Government of Alberta’s role within film classification, exhibition and video retail in Alberta.

The Film and Video Classification Act replaced the outdated, 100-year-old Amusement Act on November 1, 2009. The new act provides an accurate reflection of Alberta’s film classification practices. The Film and Video Classification Act also recognizes the current roles of the Canadian Motion Picture Distributors Association (CMPDA) and the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) in home video and video game retail markets, respectively.

Although the Government of Alberta has not censored film content for many years, the power of censorship remained under the former Amusements Act. The Film and Video Classification Act has removed this power, providing for full freedom of expression and thought in film.

The Film and Video Classification Act and Regulations were informed by consultation with the Alberta public and industry stakeholders, including film distributors and exhibitors.

The legislative updates made through the Film and Video Classification Act do not impact the theatre or home video experience of Alberta’s film patrons; however, there are some applications of the act that will be of particular interest to industry stakeholders:

Penalties and Enforcement

Stakeholder Consultations