What are the legal dating ages

In the eyes of the law people are unable to give informed consent to sex when they are still considered a child.

This may seem unfair, but try to remember that the law is there to protect you.

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‘Age of consent’ is another way of saying the legal age to have sex.

Find out what it means to you - and what happens if you or the person you want to have sex with is under the age of consent.

It is against the law for a Canadian or permanent resident to travel outside of Canada and engage in any sexual activity with a young person that is against the law in Canada.

If the person is not prosecuted in the country where the offence is alleged to have occurred, the person could be prosecuted in Canada.

There’s no set age to be ready for sex so the law has to generalise.

It’s important to know the age of consent where you live and how it applies to you.

Being aware of global variations is also a good idea to avoid breaking the law in other countries.

Also remember that ‘sex’ means different things in different countries.

All sexual activity without consent is a criminal offence, regardless of age.

These are serious offences that carry serious penalties, including mandatory minimum penalties. In some cases, the age of consent is higher (for example, when there is a relationship of trust, authority or dependency).

A 12 or 13 year old can consent to sexual activity with a partner as long as the partner is less than two years older and there is no relationship of trust, authority or dependency or any other exploitation of the young person.

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