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Age of consent to sex goes up 2008

As of May 1 2008 Canada's age of consent to sex is 16 - the previous age of consent was 14. This is the first change to Canada's age of consent in over 100 years. The changes to the Criminal Code include a 'close-in-age' exception, which allows a 14 or 15 year old to consent to sex with a partner who is less than 5 years older, as long as the older partner is not in a position of trust or authority towards the younger person, and the relationship is not exploitative. Find out more about this topic, and about other Criminal Code amendments that are part of the federal government's Tackling Violent Crime Act, on the Parliament of Canada legislative information site - LEGISinfo.

May 2008

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