Penalties and Enforcement

Penalties

Any person or corporation that is found guilty of submitting false information in an attempt to gain a distributors license, interferes with the processes outlined in this act, or contravenes this act is subject to the following penalties:

  • A person may be fined to a maximum of $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than two years less a day, or both.
  • A corporation may be fined to a maximum fine of not more than $100,000. Where a corporation is convicted of an offence, any officer, director or agent of the corporation who directed, participated in, or acquiesced in the commission of the offence, is guilty of an offence and liable to the same penalty.

Enforcement

Enforcement of the Film and Video Classification Act will be on a by-complaint basis. Once an initial complaint is received, a system of escalating processes will be used to address complaints.

1) On first complaint. Ministry staff will inform the offending party about the requirements under the Film and Video Classification Act.

2) A second complaint on the same subject will be investigated and, if necessary, the offending party will receive a written reminder about the requirements under the act.

3) A third complaint on the same subject will result in a formal letter reminding the offending party about the requirements under the act and potential penalties.

4) Subsequent complaints will be referred to Alberta Justice to investigate.