Film Classification

The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board ("NSUARB" or "Board") is the final stage in the appeal process respecting classification of films under the Theatres and Amusements Act

Films for distribution in Nova Scotia must be classified by the Nova Scotia Film Classification Board (associated with Service Nova Scotia). Film distributors who are dissatisfied with the film rating may appeal to the Utility and Review Board.

To appeal, you must notify the Alcohol, Gaming Fuel and Tobacco Division of Service Nova Scotia that you wish to appeal the classification. They will contact our Clerk of the Board and make arrangements for the Board to view the film in question. The Board has the authority to confirm or change the decision of the film classifier(s).

The Theatres and Amusements Act and the Theatres and Amusements Regulations can be accessed through the Statutes, Rules & Regulations page.

Decisions of the Board can be accessed through the Decision Archive.

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