14A(14A) Substance Abuse, Coarse Language


Documentary. In a community health centre in Toronto's Regent Park neighbourhood, a group of staff help people struggling with poverty, trauma, and addiction while also struggling with the same issues in their own lives.

Content elements

  • Pervasive use of the sexual expletive, some in a sexual context; frequent use of scatological slang; infrequent use of profanity, cursing, and vulgar expressions
  • Infrequent photographic depictions of the after-effects of violence - some blood and detail
  • Infrequent, detailed references to gun, weapons, and hand-to-hand violence, including sexual violence
  • Infrequent, detailed references to sex work in a documentary context - some descriptive detail
  • Infrequent depictions of illegal substance use and abuse in an addiction context - some detail; frequent, frank discussions of illegal substance use and abuse - some detail
  • Infrequent depictions of smoking and alcohol use in a recreational context - little detail

Thematic elements

  • Poverty, trauma, and addiction
  • Working towards positive change
  • Harm reduction techniques

Classification rationale

Rated 14A for substance abuse and coarse language in a documentary context

Classification date

December 19, 2017