Question: Is it illegal to date someone under 18 in Canada?

There is nothing that prohibits someone in Canada from “dating” a minor, sixteen years of age and younger, so long as the date does not involve sexual activity. All sexual activity without consent, regardless of age, is a criminal offence.

Can a 22 year old date a 17 year old in Canada?

In Canada, you have to be 16 years old to be able to legally agree to sexual activity. This is called the “age of consent”. Sexual activity includes a range of activity from kissing to sexual intercourse and cannot include any abuse or exploitation.

In Canada that age is 16 years old. This means that as long as someone is 16 years old and the sexual activity is consensual, there is no criminal liability. So, for example, a 14 year old can have sex with someone up to 18 years old (as long as the age gap is less than 5 years).

Can 22 year old date a 17 year old?

It is technically legal for a 22 year old to have a sexual relationship with a 17 year old; however, it still not a good idea. First, a 17 year old is still a minor. His or her parents can punish him or her for having a relationship they do not approve of and can ban the partner from their home.

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