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What is the age of consent in Alberta What can happen if someone

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What is the age of consent in Alberta? What can happen if someone has sexual relations with someone under the age of consent?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Canada Law
Expert:  Debra replied 7 years ago.

It is now illegal for adults in Canada to have sex with a partner under the age of 16.


The Tackling Violent Crime Act raised the legal age of sexual consent in Canada to 16 from 14, the first time it has been raised since 1892.


But the law includes a "close-in-age exception," meaning 14- and 15-year-olds can have sex with someone who is less than five years older.


If the person is in a position of trust or authority then the age of consent may be higher than 16.


It's a criminal offence to have sexual relations with someone who cannot consent. It's sexual assault, unless you fall within the exception.

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