Interpretation Services

Health information can be difficult to understand. This includes trying to communicate with your care providers and understand their advice on managing your chronic disease. There are several different obstacles that could be interfering with your ability to understand, like the loss of hearing and vision as well as having a learning disability or only knowing English as a second language. Nodding along to confusing instructions and hesitating to ask questions can interfere with your ability to manage your health. Fortunately, there are several interpretation services throughout the community that are either free of charge or can be subsidized by government funding.

For the Visual or Hearing Impaired

Through the Canadian Hearing Services (CHS), you can book an Ontario Interpretation Services (OIS) professional to provide communication (English/French to American Sign Language) services either by video or in person. Services must be requested at least 3 days in advance, but the interpreters are available for service 24/7/365 (this includes after regular business hours and on weekends/holidays). The services are accessible to all who request them, however individuals that are deaf-blind or hearing impaired are often exempted from paying for any fees. 

Contact Canadian Hearing Services (CHS):

Monday to Thursday – 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Phone: 1-866-518-0000

Skype: CHS Interpreting


Fax: 1-855-259-7557


For those with a Learning Disability or Language Barrier

Individuals that know English as a second language can benefit from translation services offered by local multicultural centers. These institutions operate in regions across Ontario and employ staff who speak several languages. These services are usually offered at a fee but are reasonable due most centers operating as non-profit organizations. Quotes are always offered before service delivery.

Multilingual Community Interpreter Services (across Ontario):

Open 24/7/365

Phone: 1-888-990-9014



Access Alliance Multicultural Health & Community Services (GTA-based):

Monday to Friday – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., services available 24/7

Phone: 1-888-278-8007


Interpretation/Translation Services specific to those living outside of Toronto:

Ottawa Newcomer Health Center (link to:

Eastern Ontario (including Durham) – Cultural Interpretation Services for Our Communities (link to:

London Health Sciences Center (link to: