Relationships that involve dating between young people (under 18 years of age) are not regulated by Canadian or British Columbian laws.

Relationships that involve sexual activity are regulated. If one of the partners is 16 years of age or under, and there is an age difference of 5 years or more between the partners, then this relationship could be against the law.

Read these Frequently Asked Questions about the legal age of consent from Canada’s Federal Government.

International students should also be aware that dating and relationship customs in B.C. may follow different expectations than what they are used to in their home country.