Canada has several province based film censors but Manitoba is now set to close down its own film censor and use the ratings from
another province instead.
Culture Minister Cathy Cox said that she's started the dismantling of the Manitoba Film Classification Board and replacing it with the classifications designated by Consumer Protection British Columbia.
Cox told reporters she saw no problem accepting the standards of another province, especially one with an NDP government. She that this was not about cost to the state but was concerned with censorship costs borne by distributors. She said:
This is not about cost. The distributors pay the costs of classifying films shown and sold, and video games sold in stores in Manitoba. This is making it easier for distributors. This is an opportunity to reduce our footprint and to reduce red
Her staff later supplied figures that the state censors had classified 377 films in Manitoba in 2016-2017.
Film festivals would be permitted under Cox's changes to classify their own films or use classifications provided by other jurisdictions