At what age can a student provide consent? When can parents consent on behalf of students?
Under MFIPPA, an individual having lawful custody (for example, a parent or guardian) of a child under 16 years of age may provide consent on the child’s behalf.47 The child may also provide consent. Once a student turns 16, their parent or guardian may no longer consent on their behalf.
Under the Education Act, the parent or guardian of a student under 18 may provide written consent for the use or disclosure of information from the child’s OSR.48 Once a student is 18 or older, the student alone may provide the consent.
Where school boards are required to seek consent for the use or disclosure of personal information, they should make sure that the person consenting understands what information the school board is seeking consent to use or disclose, and the purposes for the use or disclosure.49