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July 28, 2022 5 min read

The Strangest Sex Laws & Facts in Canada

Canada is one of the most progressive countries globally regarding sex. However, some very strange and outdated laws still affect the citizens. This article will talk about how these strange sex laws in Canada are, how they affect the citizens, and things to know about the most obscure and bizarre sex laws in Canada.

Despite being one of the most progressive countries globally, Canada still has some pretty strange sex laws - and we're not just talking about public decency rules either! For instance, did you know that Canadian teenagers are only allowed to have sex under their parents' roof? Or that it's illegal to marry someone while they're drunk or impaired? You might think you live in modern society, but you could be surprised by how much has changed! Read on to learn about some of Canada's strangest sex laws and facts.

Sex in Public

According to Goldenberg et al. (2016), the act of public sex isn't considered illegal. Rather, it is an offense to be naked in a public place, even if you aren't engaged in sexual activity. These laws were passed with indecent exposure and obscenity in mind. In Canada, however, the act of having sex in public is illegal, although there are some bends to it. It is only illegal if the sexual act is in the presence of one or more people. The thinking behind this is that if there is a presence of one or more people other than the one having sex, then the risk of being seen by those people is there. So as per se, you can try to have sex in your car if there is nobody around to witness it.

Many find that these laws are extremely outdated. After all, you can't tell someone not to have sex somewhere because it's against the law. These laws were originally put into place when Canada was more conservative and deemed public acts of sex obscene. According to Kipnis (2018), many feel it is absolutely fine for consenting adults to have sex anywhere they want. It should be their business only. However, some think that such acts of public indecency will lead to other crimes like voyeurism or exhibitionism being committed by those who get off watching or otherwise taking part in sexual acts that would otherwise be considered taboo by society.

Anal Sex

Anal sex is illegal unless the two people having sex are a couple or above the age of 18 years as long as the action is in consent. However, this law has a strange twist: it doesn't allow anal sex in any circumstance if there are two or more people in the room. This means that the action has to be practiced only in private.

However, this law has come under scrutiny because gay people feel undermined by it because they think that straight teenagers at the age of 16 are given privilege over gay teenagers as sex is technically legal when they turn 16. This protest is because they think gay people are incapable of making the right sexual choice compared to their straight counterparts. However, these laws only apply if the person doesn't have a position of authority or trust over the children. It also protects the children from any exploitation, such as pornographic acts.

The Age Of Consent

As it turns out, teenagers aged 16 and above can have sexual intercourse as long as this practice is contextual and done in private. This means that they don't have to wait to turn 18 so that they can have sex legally; however, a sexual act can be termed illegal if One person has power over the other, for example, if a teacher has control over a student, a babysitter has control over a child, or a family member has control over a disabled relative. Sex at the age of 16 is also deemed illegal if it is likely to be exploitative, like acting as pornography or prostitution. As we have mentioned in this article, sex at the age of 16 is deemed illegal unless they are married.

These laws on the age of consent are flexible enough to prevent contextual sex of people under the legal age from being deemed a criminal act. A young person 14 or 15 years old can have contextual sex with someone less than 5 years older and not be termed a criminal offense. A young teenager of the age of 12 or 13 can also consent to sexual interactions with someone less than 2 years older without being seen as a criminal act.

Fun Sexual Facts In Canada

Nothing is more exciting than running into a pure coincidental but fun number like 69 or 420. And it turns out oral sex was officially legalized in 1969. People in Canada love having threesomes, too; as many as 1 in 5 people confess to taking part in a threesome. Haque (2012) stated that Canada is a bilingual country. As fun as threesomes can be, who doesn't have a threesome as one of the things to check off their bucket list?

According to Lowman & Barker (2015), sex on a canoe is common in Canada. People in North America love paddling canoes, but there might be another interesting reason to just having fun. It turns out that a high number of Canadians have sex on canoes, with a significant number of them confessing to having sex on canoes.


Many of these odd laws are from years ago, but some are still in effect today. However, it is important to note that as most laws in Canada do not go beyond municipal levels, different cities and towns have different laws on various issues – sexual or otherwise. While these facts aren't necessarily common knowledge – like how one city may view homosexuality differently than another – they can serve as an interesting read while providing insight into what happened in our nation over a century ago. If you ever plan on moving to a new city in Canada or want to learn more about your area.


Goldenberg, S. M., Krüsi, A., Zhang, E., Chettiar, J., & Shannon, K. (2017). Structural determinants of health among im/migrants in the indoor sex industry: experiences of workers and managers/owners in metropolitan Vancouver. PLoS One, 12(1), e0170642.

Haque, E. (2012). Multiculturalism within a bilingual framework: Language, race, and belonging in Canada. University of Toronto Press.

Kipnis, L. (2018). Unwanted advances: Sexual paranoia comes to campus. Verso Books.

Lowman, E. B., & Barker, A. J. (2015). Settler: Identisty and colonialism in 21st century Canada. Fernwood publishing.

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