Question: What is the Romeo and Juliet law in Canada?

Canada statutory rape law is violated when an individual has consensual sexual intercourse with a person under age 16. One allows a minor aged 12 or 13 to consent to sexual congress with an individual less then two years older. The other allows 14 and 16 year olds to consent to partners less than 5 years older.

Can a 20 year old date a 16-year-old in Canada?

With the recent change to the criminal code of Canada, the age of consent for nonexploitative sexual activity is now 16 years. For example, a 15-year-old can consent to having sexual intercourse with a 20-year-old, but not with a 21-year-old.

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).

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