Kathleen Naylor joined us from Dartmouth, NS and presented information on Child Marriage in Canada.  Marriage is a Federal jurisdiction but provinces are able to enact legislation as long as it conforms to the minimum standards set by Federal legislation.  The minimum age for marriage set by the Federal Civil Marriage Act is 16 years of age.  The legislation provides for penalties aiding or participating in the celebration of marriage of individuals und the minimum age (16) set by the act.  
 
Various provinces have adopted higher standard, for example 17-19 year of age.  However, marriage of individuals  16 and 17 year's old is legal.  In addition there is no prohibition of such young people living together with others but not in an "official" marriage.  There are various considerations now being studied around setting the minimum age at 18 which is the standard in most of Europe.
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