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Enforcement (sections 7, 10, 15)

The Saskatchewan Film Classification Board may:

• Investigate, approve or disapprove a film or video, including the advertising and display associated with it, require a film or video to be edited to remove any portion of which it disapproves;
• With a warrant, or on reasonable grounds without a warrant, seize a film or video which has not been approved or classified.
• Seek compliance through the Courts
• Issue summary offence tickets for certain offences, including:

- Failing to display classification rating

- Exhibiting, distributing, selling or renting a film that is not classified

- Refusing to permit any person under the permitted age for that film to view, purchase, lease or exchange that film

- Failing to segregate adult only films from other films so as to prevent viewing by persons under 18

- Failing to display signage prohibiting entrance to persons under 18 where adult only films are sold, rented or leased

- Allowing person under 18 from entering the premises where only adult films are offered for sale

A person who contravenes the Act or the regulations is guilty of an offence and is liable to a fine of up to $2000.00 with a further fine of $100.00 for every day the offence continues.

For more information, to file a complaint, or to report a violation contact:

Saskatchewan Film Classification Board
500-1919 Saskatchewan Dr.
Regina, SK S4P 4H2
Phone: 306-787-5550 Fax: 306-787-9779
Toll-free: 1-877-880-5550
E-mail: skfilmclass@gov.sk.ca

Appealing Decisions of the Film Classification Board

Where required, appeals of Film Classification Board decisions including matters related to compliance, registration, classification or disapproval are made to an independent government appointed Appeal Committee. This also applies to classification decisions made by the BC Film Classification office when acting as agent for the Saskatchewan Film Classification Board.

While the appeal process is summarized below, it is not a substitute for the law. Appellants should familiarize themselves with the required procedures found in The Film and Video Classification Act and Regulations. (regulation 20 – 24)

i) Commencement of appeal

A person who wishes to appeal a decision of the board shall commence an appeal by delivering a written notice of the appeal to the chairperson of the appeal committee.

The appeal must be within 30 days of a decision by the board or any longer period allowed by the board, by:

(a) the owner of a film or any other person who, in the opinion of the appeal committee, has an interest in the matter; or
(b) an applicant or registrant with respect to a registration decision.

ii) Fee for an appeal in certain circumstances

Where the person who submitted a film for approval or classification is appealing a decision of the board with respect to disapproval of the film, a requirement to remove a portion of the film, or classification of the film, that person shall include with his or her notice of appeal a fee of $500.

iii) Procedure on appeal

Where an owner of a film or any other person with an interest in the film is appealing a decision, that person shall:

(a) at his or her own expense, provide premises in Saskatchewan acceptable to the appeal committee at which to hold the appeal; and
(b) at his or her own expense, provide the equipment and resources necessary for the appeal committee to view the film.

The appeal committee shall hear the appeal in public except for the viewing of a prohibited portion of the film.

iv) Duties of appeal committee

The appeal committee shall:

(a) hear all evidence introduced by the person bringing the appeal that the appeal committee considers relevant to the appeal; and
(b) in hearing an appeal with respect to the disapproval of the film, requirement to remove a portion of the film or classification of the film, follow the criteria set out in regulations.

v) Decision

A decision of the appeal committee must:

(a) be in writing;
(b) state the reasons for the decision;
(c) be sent to the appellant; and
(d) be made available to any person on request.

vi) Appeal process

On hearing the appeal, the appeal committee may:

(a) confirm the board’s decision, vary the board’s decision or substitute the committee’s decision for the decision of the board; and
(b) make any order as to costs of the hearing that the appeal committee considers appropriate.

The decision of the appeal committee is final.

Address for Service of Appeal:
Appeal Committee – The Film and Video Classification Act
c/o Linda Patton
Executive Asst. FCAA
Suite 601 - 1919 Saskatchewan Drive
Regina, SK S4P 4H2
Phone(306) 787-5646
Fax (306) 787-9006
E-mail: linda.patton@gov.sk.ca

Decisions of the Appeal Committee

Complaints

Filing a Complaint

Any consumer or business operator may file either a formal or an anonymous complaint with the Saskatchewan Film Classification Board, if they are of the opinion that a breach of The Film and Video Classification Act has occurred. For more information contact:

Saskatchewan Film Classification Board
Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan
Suite 500, 1919 Saskatchewan Dr.
Regina, SK S4P 4H2
Phone: (306) 787-5550 Fax: (306) 787-9779
Toll-free: 1-877-880-5550

E-mail: skfilmclass@gov.sk.ca

Formal Complaints – Fill out a written formal complaint if you are requesting the Division to conduct an investigation into your specific direct sellers concern. Attach any evidence (receipts, contracts, witnesses, photos) that may assist with the investigation. A letter with details or a completed complaint form can be mailed or faxed. You will be contacted and kept informed of the progress.

Anonymous Complaint – You may also file an anonymous complaint, however there must be some evidence of wrongdoing supplied to support your concern. Since the complaint is filed anonymously, you will not be personally informed of the Division’s actions or findings. An anonymous letter can be mailed or faxed to our attention.

Consumer Protection Division Complaint Form - To file a complaint, click on the link to the left, print off and submit our complaint form to the address listed above.

Contact Information

Saskatchewan Film Classification Board
500-1919 Saskatchewan Dr.
Regina, SK S4P 4H2
Phone: 306-787-5550 Fax: 306-787-9779
Toll-free: 1-877-880-5550
E-mail: skfilmclass@gov.sk.ca



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