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Become an OIS Interpreter

Enjoy a rewarding career as a sign language interpreter for Ontario Interpreting Services at CHS. We’re always looking for skilled interpreters to provide ASL-English and LSQ-French services in regions across Ontario.

How to become an OIS interpreter 

OIS hires staff interpreters in every region of Ontario where funding permits. Freelance interpreters are contracted when possible.

To become an Ontario Interpreting Services (OIS) interpreter, you must be:

  • a graduate of a recognized interpreter training program; OR
  • an experienced, full-time, working interpreter with a demonstrated knowledge of interpreting

We employ three types of interpreters:

If you’re interested in becoming an interpreter for OIS, you must successfully complete the OIS registration process. This includes a video skills screening and interview to ensure that all our interpreters offer a consistently high quality and standard of accurate interpretation.

OIS registered interpreters are eligible to work in any CHS region in Ontario and can participate in Emergency Interpreting Services.

Instructions and application form

Download the registration information package to find out more.

If you're thinking of registering, you'll also want the video skills screening schedule.

AVLIC certification

If you are certified by the Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada (AVLIC), you are exempt from OIS Video Skills Screening. However, you will be interviewed by the Regional Manager and Program Manager in the region where you want to work.

Information for LSQ-French interpreters

LSQ–French interpreters are exempt from the OIS Video Skills Screening process. All other elements of the registration process are still required. In place of the skills screening, LSQ–French interpreters who wish to work for OIS must show proof of designation as a junior, intermediate or senior interpreter from an LSQ–French screening committee in Quebec.

Information for Deaf interpreters

Deaf interpreters wishing to register with OIS must have the following qualifications:

Candidates wishing to work as Deaf interpreters will be interviewed in the region in which they will work by the Regional Director or Manager and a committee comprised of a minimum of two deaf community representatives and the staff interpreter.

Note: Currently, we do not have a screening tool available for Deaf interpreters. Therefore, requests for interviews have to be put on hold until a screening tool becomes available. A screening tool for any potential new DI candidate is necessary because all Deaf interpreters’ skills and qualifications are varied. This concerns OIS because it may put our consumers at risk and it is a possible liability for CHS.

  • sociolinguistics of ASL (to know/understand ASL) i.e., courses can be taken through Ontario Cultural Society of the Deaf (OCSD) or the Canadian Hearing Society
  • in-depth knowledge of Deaf culture
  • knowledge of the role of the Deaf interpreter
  • adherence to the AVLIC Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Professional Conduct
  • understanding of the process of teaming with a hearing interpreter
  • experience working as a professional Deaf interpreter and/or training as a Deaf interpreter through courses or workshops
  • successful completion of an OIS Knowledge and Attitude Interview
  • English as a second language
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