What’s age got to do with it?

The age of consent in Canada is 16, but there are exceptions:

Unmarried persons under the age of 18 cannot consent to anal sex

  • Someone under the age of 18 cannot legally consent to have sex with a person in a position of power like a teacher, coach, or family member
  • 12 and 13 year-olds can consent to have sex with other youth who are not more than 2 years older than them
  • Youth aged 14 or 15 will be able to consent to sex with partners who are no more than 5 years older than them