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Find an Interpreter | Accessible Emergency Communication

Accessible Emergency Communication

Find an Interpreter

People who are Deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing who use American Sign Language (ASL) or la langue des signes québécoise (LSQ) often require interpreters in order to communicate with people who are hearing and do not sign. 

Interpreters are trained professionals who have a minimum of three years of full-time study at one of six interpreter training programs in Canada. A national professional association known as the Canadian Association of Sign Language Interreters (CASLI) and its regional affiliate chapters are responsible to represent the profession. Interpreters who are members of CASLI are governed by a Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Professional Conduct. CASLI also operates a national certification system. Visit to learn some of the benefits to hiring an CASLI member.

In Ontario, the Canadian Hearing Society’s Interpreting Services program is available to provide ASL or LSQ interpreters for emergency services, including for media briefings and at evacuation centres during emergencies. Services can be delivered in person and remotely, depending on the nature of the assignment. 

Our interpreters are professionally trained in sign language and interpretation, bringing those competencies to facilitate communication between Deaf and hearing people. They provide communication in ASL-English or LSQ-French.

Interpreters frequently work in teams, comprised of both hearing and Deaf interpreters. For media broadcasts, where information access is the key to public safely, we recommend the use of a team with the specialized skills and training to manage fast-paced and critical media briefings.

How to request Emergency Interpreting Services:

In cases of a sudden, unforeseen crisis that requires immediate attention:

  • Emergency services are offered 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, 365 days/year
  • Emergencies may occur in: hospital emergency rooms; after-hours medical clinics; crisis centres; shelters; Police services; court settings; and child welfare cases
  • Emergency Interpreting Services may not be available at all times in all regions
  • Anyone can request the service

Contact us:

Additional Interpreting Services:


British Columbia


New Brunswick

Newfoundland & Labrador

Northwest Territories

Services typically provided by interpreters in Alberta or Manitoba

Nova Scotia

Ontario –Additional Resource

Prince Edward Island




Helpful Links:

How to work with a sign language interpreter

For a list of interpreter associations, see AVLIC

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