Depending on what you are doing and who you are doing it with, sexual activity with a person under 18 years-old is illegal.
A person under 18 years of age cannot consent to sexual activity if: What about persons under 16 years old?
Sexual assault is forced sexual activity where the person does not physically hurt you.
Sexual interference is touching a child under the age of 16, whether directly or indirectly, for a sexual purpose.
This booklet provides information on what is meant by the age of consent to sexual activity and an overview of some of Canada’s laws on sexual assault, and other offences involving sexual exploitation. This is the age that criminal law recognizes the legal capacity of a young person to consent to sexual activity.
Generally, it is legal to have sexual contact with someone who is 16 years or older if they agree to have sex with you. It is important to know that in some situations a person must be 18 years old to consent to sexual activity.
Are there different kinds of sexual assault offences? Sexual offences apply to different types of sexual contact, not just rape.
The difference between offences depends on the nature of the assault and how much force the person uses.Sexual assault is any kind of assault that is of a sexual nature.