The Age of Consent ranges from as low as 11 to as high as 20 years old across the world.Click any country for details, or view countries with the highest & lowest ages of consent.
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It does not matter if the person is your spouse, your common law partner or your date.
The age of consent is the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to consent to participation in sexual activity.
Individuals aged 15 or younger in Canada are not legally able to consent to sexual activity, and such activity may result in prosecution for statutory rape or the equivalent local law.
These exceptions only apply if the older person is not in a position of authority or trust and there is no exploitation.