Because different activities are regulated by federal, provincial, or special legislation, there are a few different ages of majority.
The “age of majority” is the age at which you are considered an adult under the law.
If you are concerned about your rights as either a minor or an adult, please contact Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868. Back to top The term “emancipated minor” typically means a young person under the age of majority who has undergone a legal process to become legally separate from their parents or guardians.
For example, in Ontario, there is no such thing as legal emancipation.
In regions like Quebec where legal emancipation does exist, it is intended to deal with very particular situations.
For example, most provinces have health legislation with a “mature minor” clause that allows a young person to consent to medical treatment (without needing a parent’s permission) before they reach the regional age of majority.
Special legislation: Some legislation contains different ages of majority.
While we can’t give legal advice, we can help you think through your particular situation and work with you to plan your next steps.
Generally, older teens who have shown they can handle responsibilities are emancipated.
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How old do I have to be to get social assistance (welfare)? At what age can I get married without my parents’ permission? The regional age of majority is 18 in: Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan The regional age of majority is 19 in: British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, Nova Scotia, Yukon At this age, a young person: Restricted products: Some provinces have a different age of majority for buying “restricted products.” In these provinces, the regional age of majority is usually 18 but only those 19 or older are allowed to buy cigarettes and alcohol.
Each province and territory defines its own age of majority (either age 18 or 19).
They also are no longer financially responsible for the minor.
Depending on which province or territory in Canada you live in, legal emancipation may or may not exist.