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Notice from the Registrar re. Applications for Classification by Documentation - January 11th, 2019

Changes have been made to the content advisories and observations on page 2 of the Classification by Documentation and the Classification by Documentation-Limited Exhibition application forms. These two types of applications for classification must be filled out according to the new Guide to the Elements and the Glossary. The new application forms (located on the Film Classification Forms webpage under Industry Resources/Forms) and the new Guide to the Elements, the Content Advisories and the Glossary (located on the Classification Categories & Content Advisories webpage under Film Classifications) will take effect on January 14, 2019.

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New and/or Edited Content Advisories - November 21st, 2018

As of Monday, January 14, 2019, the Ontario Film Review Board, a division of the Ontario Film Authority, will be adding new and/or edited Content Advisories to the Certificates of Classification. These changes are part of a recent comprehensive evaluation of the current OFRB guidelines (the Guidelines Update Project) to update and modernize the existing OFRB guidelines which are used to classify films in Ontario.

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Transitioning to a New Database - September 28th, 2018

We are transitioning to a new database and the ratings and licensing search functions are temporarily down for any films classified after September 11th and licences issued after August 31st.  We are working on creating the new search function.  In the interim, please contact or for any enquiries related to film ratings, or for all licensing related questions.

 Thank you for your patience.

The OFA has Moved to New Premises! - September 18th, 2018

Our new address is -

 Suite 400 - 40 Sheppard Avenue West                                                                                                                                               Toronto, ON M2N 6K9

Announcement - June 25th, 2018

The OFA Board of Directors and Abena Buahene, the OFA’s Executive Director, are very pleased to announce that Ms. Karynn Austin will assume the position of Manager & Chair, OFRB effective Tuesday, July 3rd.

Karynn has over 25 years of experience in the film/entertainment industry and has worn a wide variety of hats throughout her career. Her vast experience covers the full spectrum of content creation, acquisition, marketing, distribution, financing and programming (both feature and documentary films). She started out in production, working in both film and television. And since then, she has held progressively senior management positions with TVA Films, Equinoxe Films, Telefilm Canada and Astral Television Network. Most recently, she was the Vice President, Scripted Development with White Pine Pictures. Karynn was also a jury member on the Ontario Media Development Corporation’s feature film development fund.

 Ms. Austin holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts from York University.