2025-2027 Fee review: motion picture distributors, theatres and video retailers

Consumer Protection BC is undergoing a fee review for all licensed sectors. The last review was in 2021.

As part of the process, Consumer Protection BC is providing an opportunity for all licensed motion picture distributors, theatres, and video retailers licensed in BC to understand the proposed fee changes and provide feedback. This process closes on August 21, 2024. Consumer Protection BC will give 90-days’ notice prior to the fee changes taking effect.

The information below includes an overview of the fee setting process, how the fees are used, and how to provide feedback on the fee review process.

Information about your fees

Authority to set fees & mandate to recover costs

The Business Practices and Consumer Protection Authority Act provides Consumer Protection BC with the legal authority to set fees to fund operations and capital expenditures. Consumer Protection BC operates as a cost-recovery business, and therefore reviews and sets fees as needed to ensure that revenues match costs across all the regulated sectors. For each of the sectors that are regulated and licensed, Consumer Protection BC has the authority to set licensing fees and other charges. For reference, this authority can be found in the Fee Setting Criteria Regulation under the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act, the Cremation, Interment and Funeral Services Act, and the Motion Picture Act. Consumer Protection BC’s regulatory model is unique in that it provides the opportunity to create economies of scale, ensure consistency across all licensed sectors and avoid cross-subsidization.

What is happening?

Consumer Protection BC is in the process of setting fees for 2025-2027. Following a review of costs and forecasted revenues for the next three years, below is a listing of the proposed changes for all licensing, administrative, and classification fees for this sector.

  • Non-profit societies registered with the Province of BC, Canadian charities registered with the Canada Revenue Agency, and local governments in BC who have applied and received an exemption from applicable fees (except for DCP submissions) will be limited to 1000 minutes per calendar year of fee exempt classifications. Regular classification fees will apply to any classifications over 1000 minutes per calendar year.
  • Canadian made content as proven through a Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office (CAVCO) Canadian film or video production certificate-A or Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) certificate showing that the content is Canadian will be exempted from classification fees. Classification fees for Manitoba and Saskatchewan are set through our agreements with each of those provinces individually and are not subject to this proposed exemption.

Motion picture distributors – licensing

Fee typeCurrent feeProposed fees
Jan. 1, 2025
Proposed fees 
Jan. 1, 2026
Proposed fees
Jan. 1, 2027
New multipurpose licence adult/general release$840$924$979$1,018
New adult unlimited$773$850$901$937
New general release unlimited$773$850$901$937
New general release up to 6 titles per year$282$310$329$342
New general release one title per year$37$41$43$45
New general release video only$282$310$329$342
Renewal multipurpose licence adult/general release more than 2 weeks prior to expiry$773$850$901$937
Renewal multipurpose licence adult/general release less than 2 weeks prior to expiry$840$925$981$1,020
Renewal adult unlimited more than 2 weeks prior to expiry$706$777$824$857
Renewal adult unlimited less than 2 weeks prior to expiry$773$852$903$939
Renewal general release unlimited more than 2 weeks prior to expiry$706$777$824$857
Renewal general release unlimited less than 2 weeks prior to expiry$773$852$903$939
Renewal general release up to 6 titles per year more than 2 weeks prior to expiry$216$238$252$262
Renewal general release up to 6 titles per year less than 2 weeks prior to expiry$282$313$332$345
Renewal general release one title per year more than 2 weeks prior to expiry$37$41$43$45
Renewal general release one title per year less than 2 weeks prior to expiry$105$116$123$128
Renewal general release video only more than 2 weeks prior to expiry$216$238$252$262
Renewal general release video only less than 2 weeks prior to expiry$282$313$332$345
Change of name or address$66$75$75$75
Change of directors/officers$66$75$75$75
NSF payment$63$50$50$50
Reconsideration$283$311$330$343

Motion picture distributors – classification

Fee typeCurrent feeProposed fees
Jan. 1, 2025
Proposed fees
Jan. 1, 2026
Proposed fees 
Jan. 1, 2027
New motion picture – per minute$2.08$2.50$2.75$3.00
New motion picture copy – per minute$1.04$1.35$1.40$1.50
New trailer$10.40$11.00$11.50$12.00
New trailer copy$10.40$11.00$11.50$12.00
Opinion viewing – per minute$2.08$2.50$2.75$3.00
Adult or restricted motion picture intended for exhibition in a booth – per minute$2.08$2.50$2.75$3.00
Adult or restricted motion picture intended for exhibition in a booth copy – per copy$2.00$2.25$2.50$2.75
Adult or Restricted DVD for retail distribution$3.70$4.00$4.25$4.50
Adult Decal for DVD retail distribution per$2.00$2.00$2.00$2.00
Home video (voluntary submission) previously classified material– per title$52.00$57.00$60.00$63.00
Home video (voluntary submission) previously classified material– per episode$52.00$57.00$60.00$63.00

Note: Classification fees for Manitoba and Saskatchewan are set through our agreements with each province individually and are not subject to change through the fee review.

Theatres

Fee typeCurrent feeProposed fees
Jan. 1, 2025
Proposed fees
Jan. 1, 2026
Proposed fees
Jan. 1, 2027
New general release screen$199$219$232$241
New restricted or adult screen$334$367$389$405
New single restricted or adult screen$334$367$389$405
New restricted or adult screen (subsequent screens at same location)$133$146$155$161
Renewal general release screen more than 2 weeks prior to expiry$133$146$155$161
Renewal general release screen less than 2 weeks prior to expiry$199$219$232$241
Renewal restricted or adult screen more than 2 weeks prior to expiry$268$295$313$326
Renewal restricted or adult screen less than 2 weeks prior to expiry$334$367$389$405
Renewal single restricted or adult screen more than 2 weeks prior to expiry$268$295$313$326
Renewal single restricted or adult screen less than 2 weeks prior to expiry$334$367$389$405
Renewal restricted or adult screen (subsequent screens at same location) more than 2 weeks prior to expiry$66$73$77$80
Renewal restricted or adult screen (subsequent screens at same location) less than 2 weeks prior to expiry$133$146$155$161
Change of name or address$66$75$75$75
Change of directors/officers$66$75$75$75
NSF payment$63$50$50$50
Reconsideration$283$311$330$343

Video retailers

Fee typeCurrent feeProposed fees
Jan. 1, 2025
Proposed fees
Jan. 1, 2026
Proposed fees
Jan. 1, 2027
New adult film retailer (incl. video retailer)$334$367$389$405
New video retailer$199$219$232$241
Renewal adult film retailer (incl. video retailer) more than 2 weeks prior to expiry$268$295$313$326
Renewal adult film retailer (incl. video retailer) less than 2 weeks prior to expiry$334$370$392$408
Renewal video retailer more than 2 weeks prior to expiry$133$146$155$161
Renewal video retailer less than 2 weeks prior to expiry$199$221$234$243
Change of name or address$66$75$75$75
Change of directors/officers$66$75$75$75
NSF payment$63$50$50$50
Reconsideration$283$311$330$343

Why are fees changing?

Licensing fees pay for the direct costs of regulating the sector: licensing, compliance inspections, complaint handling and enforcement activities; and indirect costs of managing the sector: information technology, finance and accounting, and office rent. The indirect cost such as rent, and administrative costs are spread proportionately across each licensed sector. Classification fees pay for the direct cost of motion picture classification and the indirect costs as described above. Every year these costs increase; sometimes consistent with inflation, in other cases based on unique factors related to a sector (ex. changes to the law that result in new regulatory requirements).

The costs for regulating the motion picture distributor, theatre, and video retailer sector have been affected primarily by inflation, which previous fee increases did not keep pace with. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and the years following every effort has been made to reduce costs while maintaining the ability to operate, with the intent of providing as much relief to licensed businesses as possible during unfavourable economic times. 2021 saw a 0% fee increase followed by nominal increases throughout 2022-2024. Motion picture classification fees have not increased since 2014 and classification volumes have not increased proportionally with increasing costs for providing classifications. The proposed fee changes will ensure that Consumer Protection BC can operate effectively and that costs are accurately recovered for regulating this sector.

How are fees determined?

Consumer Protection BC operates on a cost recovery basis. No funding from the province of British Columbia is received, the organization is entirely self-funded. This means that the costs to license and regulate eight different sectors and provide trade practice oversight are primarily covered by licensing fees.

In setting these fees costs are allocated to each licensed sector using several factors to determine the share of the operating costs. The factors that determine a sector’s share of costs are broken down by the primary functions of the organization. Indirect cost such as rent, and administrative costs are spread proportionately across each licensed sector. Once these costs are determined for each licensed sector, fees are developed so that projected revenues from each sector closely match the costs to regulate each sector.

Organizational functionCost allocation method
LicensingBased on the number of active licences and the average time to process a licence.
Complaint handling and inquiriesBased on the average number of annual complaints and inquiries for each sector, and the complexity of those complaints.
Compliance and enforcementBased on the number of inspections for the previous three years and the average time to complete an inspection.
Business practicesBased on the average time spent for each licensed sector.
Administration costs (education & awareness, sector relations, policy & research, finance, etc.)The costs for administration are allocated to each sector proportionally based on each department’s headcount that the administrative costs support.
Trade practices (oversight of prepaid purchase cards, consumer contracts, other areas for which there is no direct licensing revenue and are included in the authority of Consumer Protection BC)The costs for trade practices are allocated to each sector proportionally based on the share of revenue generated from the sector.
Motion picture classificationAll costs both direct and indirect (rent administration costs, etc.) associated with motion picture classification are allocated to the classification function.

What do the fees pay for?

The motion picture distributor, theatre, and video retailer fees pay for the licensing and regulation of this specific sector.

A description of our approach to licensing, complaint handling, inspections and an overview of our enforcement tools.

What is the breakdown of fees for the motion picture distributor, theatre, and video retailer sector?

The Consumer Protection BC business model leverages economies of scale. Vital administrative functions are included in the allocation model along with the operational areas like Licensing, Inquiry, Compliance, Enforcement, Business Practices, and Trade Practices. All costs are managed to meet the cost-recovery mandate.

Costs related to this sector are divided by activity as follows for licensing fees:

Licensing29.6%
Inquiry0.7%
Compliance37.7%
Enforcement17.7%
Business Practices0.8%
Trade Practices13.6%
Motion Picture Classification0%

Costs related to this sector are divided by activity as follows for classification fees:

Licensing0%
Inquiry0%
Compliance0%
Enforcement0%
Business Practices0%
Trade Practices0%
Motion Picture Classification100%


How to provide feedback

To sustain and improve the oversight of the sector and recover costs, Consumer Protection BC is requesting feedback to ensure that licensees understand the process of fee setting for the proposed fee changes for 2025 – 2027. To share any feedback on the fee review process, please take this survey.

The deadline to provide feedback is August 21, 2024.

take the survey

What happens next?

Once the survey closes and all the feedback has been reviewed, 90 days’ notice will be given prior to the implementation of any fee changes.