Age of Majority
In Canada, a child is defined in terms of age. The age of majority is 18 or 19, depending on the province (see table below). The youngest a child can be is 0, that is to say a newborn.
Although the term 'child' is often used synonymously with young children and youth, a child is defined as under the age of 12 years, whereas a youth or adolescent is defined as being between 12 - 19 (or 18, depending on the province). Child abuse law refers to anyone under the provincial legal age as a 'minor child'.
If you can provide me with the age that a child is considered an adult for your country, please use the form at the bottom of this page to inform me. Once I have the chance to verify the information, I will do my best to post it within a few business days.
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