About Interpreters

Interpreters facilitate communication between parties who do not share the same language or mode of communication. Professional visual language interpreters are specifically trained in providing this service when Deaf, deafened or hard-of-hearing individuals are present.

OASLI’s membership is comprised of 3 types of visual language interpreters

  • ASL-English Interpreter
  • Deaf Interpreter
  • LSQ-French Interpr

ASL-English Interpreters work between spoken English and American Sign Language (ASL).

Deaf Interpreters facilitates communication between a Deaf consumer, a hearing consumer and a hearing interpreter.

LSQ-French Interpreters work between spoken French and la Langue des signes quebecoise (LSQ).


How to become an interpreter

In Ontario there is one ASL-English Interpreter Training Program (AEIP).  The program is offered by George Brown College in Toronto.

In addition to George Brown College, there are other programs offered across Canada. Below is a list of Canadian visual language interpretering programs.




British Columbia

Douglas College


Lakeland College


Red River College and University of Manitoba (joint program)


George Brown College


Universite du Quebec Montreal (French-LSQ)

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia Community College