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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).
In other words, a person must be at least 16 years old to be able to legally agree to sexual activity.
In addition to these criminal laws against child sexual abuse and exploitation, each province and territory has its own child welfare laws to protect children against abuse, exploitation and neglect.
According to a huge new study, adolescents in the 2010s were less likely date, drink alcohol, go out without their parents, and have sex than teens in every generation since the 1970s. The research, published in Child Development, says the cause is not kids having more homework, or more extracurricular activities.
A 14 or 15 year old can consent to sexual activity as long as the partner is less than five years older and there is no relationship of trust, authority or dependency or any other exploitation of the young person.
If convicted, the person would face the same penalty as if that offence had occurred in Canada.This means that if the partner is 2 years or older than the 12 or 13 year old, any sexual activity is a criminal offence.