When can my child have sexual relations?
Can my child see a doctor without my knowledge?
In Quebec, the age of consent for health care is 14. At this age, even if they have not yet reached the age of majority, children can make their own health-care decisions without consulting their parents or getting their permission. This applies to any care required due to their medical condition, including abortion, but excludes elective care, such as plastic surgery for a cosmetic reason.
Parents or guardians will not be informed if the child is receiving necessary health care, unless they are required to stay in a health or social services facility for more than 12 hours.
Parents of youth over age 14 and under age 18 have the right to access their child’s medical records, unless the child refuses this access and the facility decides that such access would be detrimental to the child.
I fear my child may have an STBBI. What should I do?
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- Government of Canada, Department of Justice; Electronic Communications. “Age of Consent to Sexual Activity,” August 8, 2017, https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/rp-pr/other-autre/clp/faq.html.