According to the law, sexual activity can include kissing, touching, exposing body parts, showing someone porn, etc.
In Canada, the basic age of consent for sexual activity is 16 years old, but there are exceptions to this rule for people who are close in age and for people who are in a relationship of trust, dependency and/or authority.
The intention of the bill is to target "sexual predators" and pimps.
Other groups that supported the increase in the age of consent were the National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC), the Canada Family Action Coalition (CFAC), Canadian Crime Victim Foundation (CCVF), Beyond Borders Inc.
This page explains the details of age of consent and the exceptions.
Note: The information below is not intended to be legal advice.
It does not matter if the person is your spouse, your common law partner or your date.
What if I agree to the sexual activity at first, and then I change my mind?
The difference between offences depends on the nature of the assault and how much force the person uses.
These exceptions only apply if the older person is not in a position of authority or trust and there is no exploitation.
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In June 2006, the Canadian government proposed a bill to raise the age of consent from 14 to 16, while creating a close-in-age exemption for sex between 14-15 year olds and partners less than 5 years older, and keeping an existing close-in-age clause for sex between 12-13 year olds and partners less than 2 years older.
If you need more information or advice, contact Legal Aid Ontario [Link] (1-800-668-8258).