These risks include: If you are under the age of consent, the law says that you cannot legally agree to have sex, and any person that has sex with you has broken the law. Share this article. The legislation was brought in by the Conservative government in part to deal with older internet predators who troll the web looking for younger victims. In NSW, the age of consent is There is an exception to this. From until recently, the age at which a youth could consent to nonexploitative sexual activity was 14 years 1. What do we mean by sex? Talking about safe sex Deciding to have sex with someone is a big step. Canada's age of consent The age of consent to sexual activity is 16 years. Remember that the decision is up to you. Youth 14 or 15 years of age can consent to nonexploitative sexual activity when the age difference is no more than five years. For exploitative sexual activity prostitution or pornography, or where there is a relationship of trust, authority or dependency , the age of consent is 18 years. Exploitative sexual activity, sexual assault or sexual activity with anyone younger than 12 years of age or between 12 and 16 years of age, except as above, should raise child protection concerns. In some cases, the age of consent is higher for example, when there is a relationship of trust, authority or dependency. This is the third article in a continuing series exploring the rights of the child. According to this defence, if you are aged years old, you can legally agree to have sex with another person who is less than 2 years older than you as long as you both agree to it.