Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 6 years ago

Are there dating laws in Canada, specifically Ontario preffered?

Hi just for future reference:

Are there dating laws in Canada? For example for a 16 year old to date a 13 year old no sexual contact but does kissing count? So are there laws on dating? Thanks

3 Answers

  • bw022
    Lv 7
    6 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    There are no dating laws in Canada.

    The age of consent is 16, with close-in-age exceptions for those 12 and 13 (two years), and those 14 and 15 (five years), but that only covers sexual activity. There are general laws on corruption of a minor -- but that only covers supplying alcohol or drugs to a minor or convincing them to otherwise commit crimes. There are crimes in aiding a runway, custodial interference, etc. -- but that assumes that the child attempt to leave home.

    Kissing is not considered sexual activity baring kissing private areas.

    That said... there is also nothing in the law covering parents preventing dating. Most parents would not be comfortable with a 13 year-old dating a 16 year-old. You can expect most parents to react negatively and to take steps to put an end to it -- confronting the young man, discussing it with their parents, grounding you, moving you to relatives, telling teachers or other adults to warn them, and if necessary file a restraining order.

  • 6 years ago

    I am not down with the laws and legal sides of a 16 year old 'dating' a 13 year old but morally- that's not going to be met with a lot of support and positivity.

    Can the 'relationship' not wait until (s)he is at least 16 years old?

    There is a reason you're not considered a competent young adult until a certain age...

    This could cause all sorts of friction and barriers between families and damage relations with people you and they care about- just because you're not having sex (thank God because that would be illegal no matter where you are) it doesn't mean that's a healthy relationship...

    I don't believe anyone under the age of 15 should be in relationships anyway because it's not something you can understand or appreciate at any lower age.

    Sorry, but it's morally (and probably legally) wrong.

  • Gary B
    Lv 7
    6 years ago

    "Dating" is generally not controlled by law, except in the case of an adult "dating" someone who is not an adult.

    So, it depends on the laws defining who is an adult and who is not. In most civilized countries, age 16 is considered an "adult" for mots (not all) purposes.

    In most cases, dating at this age is controlled by the PARENT, not law. although parents CAN try to use the Statutory Rape laws and "Endangering the welfare of a child" laws to cover this situation. They will usually fail, but even so, what 16-yea-old want to be arrested and taken to court as a Sex Offender, even ig it is false?

    When they couple is age 39 and 36, three years difference in age make NO difference.

    When the couple is 16 and 13, there is a HUGE difference, and the 16-year-old is well advised to STAY AWAY.

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