For some sexual crimes, when the victim is under 16 years old, the law doesn't allow the accused to claim that the young person agreed to the sexual activity. Victim Services Coordinators can explain the court process to you and help you understand what will happen in court. This proposal has received criticism from different organizations and individuals. Canadian Federation for Sexual Health. In Junethe Canadian government proposed a bill to raise the age of consent from 14 to 16, while creating a close-in-age exemption for sex between 14—15 year olds and partners less than 5 years older, and keeping an existing close-in-age clause for sex between 12—13 year olds and partners less than 2 years older.
Generally, it is legal to have sexual contact with someone who is 16 years or older if they agree to have sex with you.
Age of consent reform in Canada
It is important to know that in some situations a person must be 18 years old to consent to sexual activity. If you would like to write a letter to the editor, please forward it to letters globeandmail. If you are 13 years old, you can legally consent to sexual activity with someone who is between years old. If you are looking to give feedback on our new site, please send it along to feedback globeandmail. Canadian Federation for Sexual Health. In Canada, youth under 12 years old cannot legally consent to sexual activity in any situation.