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News Bulletin - December 2, 2015

Dear Film Distributor, Exhibitor or Retailer:

As you may be aware, the Ontario Film Authority (OFA) sought a ruling from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) with respect to review and classification fees to confirm the GST/HST status of those fees.

I am writing today to inform you that the OFA has received a ruling from the CRA with respect to GST/HST on those fees. The CRA has ruled that review and classification fees are exempt from GST/HST.

Going forward, the OFA will no longer be charging GST/HST on classification related fees and we have updated all our Film Classification forms: http://ontariofilmauthority.ca/en/industry/forms/classification

Kindly replace any existing forms you may have with these new forms.

If you require any assistance with the new forms or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Myuran Palasandiran, CPA, CA
Manager, Finance and Operations
416-224-8000 x 105
1-844-229-8009 x 105

News Bulletin - September 30, 2015

On September 30, 2015, the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services issued a news bulletin about the new Ontario Film Authority. Please click below to access the bulletin.

http://news.ontario.ca/mgs/en/2015/09/new-ontario-film-authority-to-oversee-classification-and-theatres.html.

Letters from the Registrar and OFA Chair

In September 2015, the Registrar under the Film Classification Act, 2005 of the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services and the Chair of the Ontario Film Authority (OFA) sent a joint letter to all licensees, including film distributors, exhibitors and retailers. These letters outlined the changes that will affect licensees during the transition to the OFA as a Delegated Administrative Authority (DAA), responsible for administering the Film Classification Act, 2005, effective October 1, 2015.

To view the Registrar’s letter, click here.

To view the letter from the OFA’s Chair, click here.