These "How old do I have to be?" FAQs are provided by the Canadian Legal FAQs, a website of the Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta. They provide answers for youth about age-related issues under various topics: family, criminal, medical and health related, legal and financial, activities (such as driving), school and work.
Are you looking for resources suitable for teens or young adults?
Below you will find selected resources created for young people about a variety of topics. Also you can see youth resources about specific topics in the following sub-sections:
- Bullying and Harassment
- Dealing with Divorce
- How old do I have to be? - concerning employment and other age-related legal topics
- Youth Justice - concerning youth and crime
Gathered on this page is a sample of resources that were developed with you in mind. But there may be other youth-focused and general audience resources that are also appropriate for your situation. See the section Learn More About... or search the list of all legal topics to find other relevant information.
CPLEA Suggested Resources
Not sure where to begin finding answers to your questions. Get started with our suggested resources. See additional resources below for more information.
This website was developed by the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre with the assistance of a number of Alberta organizations who serve the LGBT community. It offers information and resources for LGBT youth.
The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has created this graphic novel to help young Canadians to better understand and navigate privacy issues in the online world. The 12-page graphic novel– is designed to appeal to tweens and younger teens. The novel was developed with feedback from young people, it tells the story of a brother and sister who learn (sometimes the hard way) about the privacy risks related to social networking, mobile devices and texting, and online gaming.To accompany the graphic novel, they have also developed a discussion guide that educators can use to generate further discussion and learning.
This booklet is designed to give girls in Canada information about their rights and responsibilities as they relate to safety.
Relationship violence can strike anyone, but teenagers are particularly vulnerable to misconceptions about what physical and emotional violence are, and what they mean. If it hurts, dominates or controls, it's not romance! This page from the Red Cross provides links to publications about relationship violence, what is is, what parents can do, and information about what is healthy and unhealthy in relationships.
This brochure is designed as a resource to provide you with the information you need about cannabis along with some effective tools to help you set the stage for a conversation about cannabis and engage in productive discussions with your teen about cannabis and other substance use. The brochure was produced by Drug Free Kids Canada, in collaboration with Health Canada and the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction,
A multipurpose website operated by the Youth Engagement Section of the RCMP. Discusses many youth-related topics including diversity, drugs, violence, health & safety, and internet safety. Includes a section for educators, parents, and adults who work with youth.
Information from the National Clearinghouse on Family Violence (Public Health Agency of Canada).
They're Canada's only toll-free, 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counselling, referral and Internet service for children and youth. The service is completely anonymous and confidential - they don't trace calls, they don't use call display. You don't even have to tell them your name if you don't want to. (1-800-668-6868)
Legalswipe is a free smartphone app that is designed to educate users on their legal rights when they are stopped and questioned by police. It uses a series of menus and cues to lead users to information about their situation. It's available in English, French, and Spanish.
The Peer Privacy Protectors Project was created by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) to improve communication and education about privacy rights and risks for youth, who are among the most frequent users of technology in Canada. The resulting printed guidebook and accompanying website provides information for teens on how to safeguard thier personal information, reputation and privacy, the body as information, and government surveillance issues.
Project Respect is a prevention program for youth ages 14 to 19 , based in Victoria BC, that aims to stop sexual violence, particularly acquaintance assault. “Date Rape” as it is commonly referred to, is a serious risk for youth. Project Respect challenges the attitudes and behaviours that lead to sexual violence: stereotypes, labels, miscommunication, drugs and alcohol, media pressure and power imbalance.
Services for Youth is all about helping youth 15 to 30 years of age. On this Government of Canada site, you will find information ranging from health and education programs to sports and cultural activities. These services are specific to the community you live. Simply click on "In Your Community" on the left hand topic area and you will find any information categories which relate to your community.
An online community that connects youth to find inspiration, access information, get involved, and take action in their local and global communities. Learn about and become involved in issues related to Social justice and human rights, Poverty and globalization, Peace and conflict, Environment, Cultural diversity and equity, Education, Health and wellness. The site also includes a special section for educators.
The Young Workers Zone was created by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety to help young people stay healthy and safe at work. Teachers, young workers, parents and employers can get the information and tools needed to venture into the work world on a safe footing.
The focus of this web site from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is to help kids understand how technology affects their privacy, and what they can do to build secure online profiles while keeping their information safe. Includes teacher resources.