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May 30, 2008

Age of Consent to Sexual Activity Changes

On February 28, 2008, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make consequential amendments to other Acts (Bill C-2) received Royal Assent. One of the amendments which came into force on May 1, 2008 affects the accuracy of the information in our publication No Means No: A Guide to Sexual Assault Law. The age at which an individual may consent to non-exploitative sexual activity has changed. It was 14 years old, but that age has been changed to 16 years of age. You still must be 18 years old to consent to relationships that are exploitative or involve a relationship of dependency, trust or authority with the accused. For certain offences such as sexual interference, it is a defence that the complainant consented, and the accused was less than two years older than a 12 or 13 year old, and less than five years older than a 14 or 15 year old complainant.

When PLEIS-NB reprints the No Means No booklet, we will make the necessary revisions. You may refer to the following website for further information on this amended Act –