What if I’m under 18 years old?
According to the Criminal Code of Canada, there are some people who cannot consent to sexual activity based on their age and the age of their partner. The age rules apply to both girls and boys.
This table tells you how old you have to be to consent to vaginal or oral sex. If the law does not consider you old enough to give consent, it means you are not responsible. You didn’t break the law; the older partner did.
|Younger partner’s age||Younger partner can consent if…|
|Under 12 years old||No consent possible|
|12–13 years old||The older partner is less than 2 years older than the younger partner|
|14–15 years old||The older partner is less than 5 years older than the younger partner|
|16–18 years old||The older partner is any age, but not in a position of trust (for example, not a teacher or coach)|
|18 years old or older||The older partner is any age|
Many victims who are assaulted by a partner are confused about what to do. They may love the person who assaulted them, and not want them to get into trouble or to be mad at them. It’s normal to be confused and not ready to tell anyone about what happened right away.
Sexual intercourse with a blood relative—including a parent, child, brother, sister, half-sister, half-brother, grandparent, or grandchild—is against the law at any age.