Age limits for dating in canada
This page explains the details of age of consent and the exceptions.
Note: The information below is not intended to be legal advice.
If you need more information or advice, contact Legal Aid Ontario (1-800-668-8258).
OTTAWA — Canada’s age of sexual consent increases by two years to 16 beginning today.
There are laws in Canada that restrict who can engage in sexual activity.
These laws view sexual activity as more than just vaginal sex.
The intent of the new law is not to criminalize teenage sex, but to crackdown on adults who prey on youth, former justice minister Vic Toews said when the bill making the change was introduced.
The law includes a “close-in-age” provision of five years, which means it would be legal for a 15-year-old to have relations with a 19-year-old provided the relationship is not exploitive and the older party is not in a position of authority or trust.
But while all political parties backed the legislation and law officials welcomed it with open arms, several gay rights groups are not satisfied and have said the law ignores gay men.
It is currently illegal for Canadians under 18 to have anal sex, meaning two gay or bisexual 17-year-olds who engage in the act could end up in jail something the new law does not address.