This booklet provides information on what is meant by the age of consent to sexual activity and an overview of some of Canada’s laws on sexual assault, and other offences involving sexual exploitation. This is the age that criminal law recognizes the legal capacity of a young person to consent to sexual activity.
Generally, it is legal to have sexual contact with someone who is 16 years or older if they agree to have sex with you. It is important to know that in some situations a person must be 18 years old to consent to sexual activity.
There are exceptions for young persons under 16 years of age who have consensual sexual activity with someone close in age.
The bill is intended to target sexual predators, but many youth advocates say that by focusing on age, the new law will confuse teens, make their sexual activities more clandestine and expose them to other risks, including abuse, early pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
"They won't go to a drug store and ask for condoms," she says.
It is not a crime for youth under 16 to engage in sexual activity, she points out.
This means that a 16 year old can have sex with an older man.
With that being said, he could still get in trouble if you send inappropriate text message pictures (which happened about 4 years ago).