The age of consent was raised in Canada in May 2008 as part of the Tackling Violent Crime Act. Age of consent law in Canada refers to cultural and legal concerns around this issue. This holds true for every sexual act.
In May 2008, the Stephen Harper-led Canadian government passed a bill to raise the legal age of consent from 14 to 16. The bill also created a close-in-age exemption for sex between 14 and 15-year-olds and partners who are no more than 5 years older than the 14-year-old, while maintaining the close-in-age clause for sex between 12 and 13-year-olds and partners who are no more than 2 years older.
For existing weddings between 14 and 15-year-olds, the initiative maintains a temporary exception but prevents such unions from occurring again in the future.
The age of consent for anal sex between unmarried individuals was set at 18 under Section 159 of the Criminal Code. Section 159 was repealed and the age of consent was raised to 16 for all forms of sexual activity in June 2019 after being approved by both chambers of the Canadian Parliament. Section 159 had been declared unenforceable and ruled illegal by numerous courts, including four appellate courts, prior to its removal.
What Is The Age Of Consent In Canada?
In Canada, 16 years of age is required for consent. Only in the cases where there is no exploitation or dependency and the older person is not in a position of trust or power do these exclusions apply.
The sexual interaction between an adult teacher and a minor student or other comparable situations are examples of sexual exploitation.